[r-t] Similar compositions

Fred Bone Fred.Bone at dial.pipex.com
Fri Jan 26 12:59:44 UTC 2018

On 25 January 2018 at 14:36, Richard Allton said:

> MBD wrote:
> 1. Johnson's Variation is indeed an arrangement of Middleton's. The
> calling is rotated, and B substituted for 2M2W.
> I suspect everyone will agree with me on (1) ?
> However, in the Bell News V4 p137 Jasper Snowdon wrote:
> "The one peal, with the tenors together, that has been composed of
> Cambridge Surprise, is one in five parts, of 5600 changes. This peal was
> composed independently by Mr. Charles Middleton, of Norwich, and Mr. Henry
> Johnson, of Birmingham. It was however first published by Mr. Middleton in
> 1845, in Hubbard’s first book, and thus I think that the peal, which is
> as follows, must be awarded to Mr. Middleton. 5600. 23456   M  W  H 43652 
>  -    56234   -  - 23564      -  - 52364         -	     35264         - C.
> Middleton.
> First rung on February 11th, 1873, at St. Michael’s, Benington, by the
> Benington Society. Conducted by Thomas Page. The calling was begun at the
> fourth course end thus producing 34562 at the first part-end.

Interesting. I would interpret "begun at the fourth course end" to mean 
it was rung as H2M2W2H, not the 2H2M2WH which brings up 34562 and which I 
would describe as begun at the third course end (relative to 2M2W3H).

And when did Johnson publish it, and was this before or after Jeremiah 
Miller derived it? Why did Snowdon not mention Miller's name?

Incidentally, the dedication at Benington is St Peter, not St Michael.

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