5024/5056 Spliced Surprise Major (1-10 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies | Jan-Mar 2013

This is my "renaissance" series, the first product of a new generation of stochastic composing algorithms. I wanted to reinvigorate the field of the one-part ATW using good methods and modern music. To do this I chose a simple, classic "no-duffers" calling from my series 2 Bristol peals — the 5056 no.1 — and added methods one at a time to build a series to 10-spliced. At each step I looked for well-known methods that added music, elegance, interest and variety. The resulting compositions are I hope all worth ringing, and are generally close to, or in some cases exceed, the music present in the original single-method peal.

In the (likely vain!) hope that the chosen methods would be rung more frequently, and perhaps begin to displace the Standard 8, I also composed a parallel series of 3-part non-ATW peals. These should be more accessible for the conductor. In contrast to the one-part series, I started at 3-spliced, and adopted different bob callings in order to maximise the music at each level. The compositions have music counts which are competitive with the one-parts, although with the balance tilted towards the back-bell rollups.

In 1947 Albert Pitman published the first of a sequence of ground-breaking Spliced Surprise Major compositions, which set the standard for the best part of a century. I hope that this new series will reset that standard for the 21st century.

Index to compositions:

68, 20, 123
68, 23, 130

Methods are, in order of introduction: Bristol, Deva, Cornwall, Lessness, Malpas, Superlative, Adelaide, Yorkshire, Glasgow and Venusium.

One part ATW: 1-10 methods

Peals contain the music (listed as 5678+8765 runs / 6578 rollups / LB4 runs), COM and method balance shown below each column. Every peal in the series is ATW. Where a calling line ends with a "." but the course does not contain a Home, the course end is not rung.

  5056 
  1-Spliced
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

  Music: 72/20/136
    COM: 0
  
    Bristol 5056
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
5056
2-Spliced

DD.
DDDDDB.DD
D.BDDBB.
DBD.BBB.DDDDB 
D.BBB 
BBBB.BBB 
BBBB.DBDDD 
D.BBBB. 
BDBDB.BBB 
BB.BBBBBBB.
BBDDB.D. 
BBBBBBB.B 
BBBB.BBDD 
BB.DD.BBBBBBB.
DDDD.DDDDD.B 
DDDD.DDDDD.DD 
DDB.DDDB.B 
DDDD.BDB.DD 
DDB.BDB.DD.
DBBD.BDDDDD. 

68/20/123
48

2592
2464

 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
5024
3-Spliced

B.
DBDDCCD.B
BCB.BCB.
BCCD.BC.
DDDC.BC
CDCCB.CCCCC
CC.BBDD
D.CBB.
BCCDC.
BBCB.BBBBBBB.
CDCCB.BCCDC.
BBBBCB.B
BDDBB.CB
BCCD.CBBCC.BDC.
DBD.DDBD.DD
DBD.CBBC.
CB.DBDD.
DCD.CBBDDB.DD
DDDD.BDDBBC.DD.DBBC
BB.DCCDDBD.

68/23/130
89

1920
1600
1504
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
5056
4-Spliced

B.
DDDL.DD
CL.BDDDDB.
BCLLD.LC.
LLCBL.BC
CDCCB.BC
CC.BBB
LLC.LCB.
BCCDL.
LLCB.BBDDCL.
CDCCB.BCLLDL.
LLLCBB.B
BCCDC.CB
BCCD.CBLLLC.BDL.
DBD.BCBL.
DLLD.CBBL.L
C.CCDDB.
DCD.LDLDBL.DBDDC
L.LDLDBL.DD.DBLC
BB.BDDBBCB.

72/19/134
104

1344
1248
1248
1216
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
   Adelaide
5024
5-Spliced

DD.
BMBBL.DD
D.BDDDDB.
DLLCB.BL.LC
BBL.
MCDDL.LLL
ML.CB
BMCDL.CDCMB.
BCMDL.CDCM
M.BBLLLL.
MDMMB.BCCDC.
CLCBB.B
BMCDC.DLLCC
M.CCMC.BMLCB.
C.BMBL.
MMCD.DDBD.L
C.BBD.
MMCD.MCDMMB.CMLLM
L.BBBBC.DCM.MLMLM
L.CBBMCDC.

70/19/149
113

1120
 928
1088
 928
 960
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
   Adelaide
  Yorkshire
    Glasgow
5056 
6-Spliced

B. 
BCCL.B 
SS.BMB. 
DBLDS.DDBDD.LC 
BBL.CMMCM 
ML.
CDSDS.
DSDCDL.D. 
BSSLDL.LC 
BB.BMCM. 
CDMMMS.BLC. 
BMCBB.B 
LLC.BC 
BLLS.SSSSL.CCBBCMD.
C.BDLDBM.SSS 
SD.CCDCMB.
CMCD.CCBB.B 
BCCD.BMBBDD.DCM 
DDB.MBLL.DLLL.SLM
BMS.CCC CDC. 

69/23/152
115

1120
 896
1056
 704
 640
 640
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
   Adelaide
  Yorkshire
    Glasgow
   Venusium
5024
7-Spliced

B.
MLCBCS.B 
BCCDL.LLAA.
ALAAAS.BL.
CCBL.CCMD 
CL.
LS.CB 
BMCDL.BMB.
BBADB.LSD 
M.MCMMMCL.
BCMDL.MAMCB.
BLLLMB.
MMCDC.
SLS.LASA.BDM.
C.BDDADBM.SSS 
M.LLCL.L 
SSS.DDDB.DBDAM 
L.BBAAMB.SDASD 
M.DDDB.CCCL.MAM 
ASLS.MCCCDC.

70/22/160
119

832
704
832
800
768
544
544
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
   Adelaide
  Yorkshire
    Glasgow
5056 
8-Spliced

B.
MBCBMY.SYY 
SS.ALDAMCB.
YAAAS.LL.
CMBL.
CCMCDL.SS
YLA.DMCBB
ML.LCB.
BADADB.CDCM
BB.MCMDCL.
BLL.BMLCA.
LLLLMB.MMLLM
CC.DMD
SD.YSSSSD.BDL.
C.DDBBMB.YSY
SYY.S.
ACD.DSAMDB.DD
SD.BMBM.SSY
YSY.AALD.DCM.L
ALYS.CCMCS. 

72/20/140
127

704
704
672
704
704
672
448
448
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
   Adelaide
  Yorkshire
    Glasgow
5056 
9-Spliced

B.
MBCGCMY.DGY 
YS.AACB.
ADAAAAS.LM.GCM
BBDA.
BBCMB.YGG
YY.DCMBB
CL.LMB.
ADALDB.
LLCB.MLLLL.
SLCMGL.MGMLLS.
DMB.MCLLM
CC.SS
GGD.YSSYSD.DSGDL.
YAMA.DYACDB.
YDMG.CCL.
GD.LDB.DD
SD.CBBBB.YSS
YSY.LLD.MS.GM
BMS.MCCCS.

66/19/151
127

672
640
608
672
640
544
416
448
416
 
    
    23456  M B W H
    42356        -
    54326      -
    54263    -   -
    46253  - -
    65432    -
    53624    -
    32546    -
    32465    -   -
    26354    -
    43652  -     -
    43526    -   -
    24536      -
    43265    -
    45362  2     -
    63254  -   -
    52436  -   -
    34625  -   - 
    26543  -   -
    64352  -   2
    23456  -     -

      Music: 
        COM: 
  
    Bristol 
       Deva
   Cornwall
   Lessness
     Malpas
Superlative
   Adelaide
  Yorkshire
    Glasgow
   Venusium
5056 
10-Spliced

SYGY.
MBCGVY.VGY 
SS.ACMMB.
ADAAAAS.LC.CGM 
BBL.
LDGCB.YVGC 
D.VMCBB 
CL.LMB.
AVAVAVB.CL
M.MGMCL.
BYYGGL.BYDMDC.
LLLLMB.
MMCVC.SS 
GGD.YSSSSD.BDAA.
YV.DSACDB.
MB.S.
VS.BVDD.DV
DDVD.CGMBL.YVG
YSY.LCCB.B.GM 
BLLG.CVVMC.

66/20/152
128

640
512
608
512
544
448
384
416
480
512

Three parts: 3-10 methods

All eight peals are in three parts. They contain the music (listed as 5678+8765 runs / 6578 rollups / LB4 runs), COM and method balance shown. These peals are not ATW, although in general the front bells do ring most place-bells of each method.

5088 Spliced Surprise Major (3 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies

   23456  M B W H
  26354  2     -  C.DCC.DCB.
  32465    4      BDDC.DCB.BCBCB.CDDD.BC
  25463  -     2  BB.CDDD.B.
 (53642)   2      CBB.CDDD.
  25346  -     -  DB.DCB.
  42356      -    DDCD.CCBBC

  
  

         Music 60/24/122
         COM 108
  
     Bristol 1536
        Deva 1824
    Cornwall 1728

  

5088 Spliced Surprise Major (4 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies

  23456  M W B H
  52364      - 2  CL.BCCDC.CLLD.
  52643    - -    BBDB.CLL.DCD 
  24536      -    D.CB 
  43265      -    BDDC.BC 
  64352      - 2  BBL.CL.B.
 (64523)   - -    LLDB.DB.
  42356  - 2      DB.BLCC.B.CCCC

  

       Music 60/24/132
         COM 111
  
     Bristol 1440
        Deva 1056
    Cornwall 1632
    Lessness  960
  

5184 Spliced Surprise Major (5 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies

  23456  M W B H
  35264      -    CL.BBL 
 (63542)   2 -    MBD.B.DB.
  53462  -   - -  DB.LL.D. 
 (53624)   - -    CDB.MLL.
 (32546)     -    DBL.
  24365      -    CMMCDC.BM 
  24653      - -  CDCMB.CL. 
 (45236)     -    MDMCB.
  34256    -      MMCCL.CMCM
 
       Music 63/24/131
         COM 144
  
     Bristol 1056
        Deva  864
    Cornwall 1248
    Lessness  864
      Malpas 1152

5088 Spliced Surprise Major (6 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies
  
  23456  M W B H
  52364      - 2  CM.SS.CLLD.
 (52643)   - -    BDL.CCDCM.
  24536      -    BS.MB
  43265      -    BDDL.BM
  64352      - 2  BMB.CL.DSDC.
 (64523)   - -    BLMLM.BSS.
  42356  - 2      DMS.DM.B.CMCC

   

    Music 66/24/146
         COM 135
  
     Bristol 960
        Deva 864
    Cornwall 960
    Lessness 672
      Malpas 960
 Superlative 672


5088 Spliced Surprise Major (7 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies
  
  23456  M B W H
  26354  2     -  C.MDDA.LDL. 
 (32465)   4      MBLLS.ACB.LCCL.SAA.
  25463  -     2  SACAD.SC.B. 
 (53642)   2      ASM.AMDD.
  25346  -     -  BSS.DSA. 
  42356      -    BCLMB.CMCM
 



  Music 81/21/130
         COM 141
  
     Bristol 576
        Deva 672
    Cornwall 864
    Lessness 672
      Malpas 672
 Superlative 768
    Adelaide 864

5088 Spliced Surprise Major (8 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies

  23456  M W B H
  35264      -    ADLL.SS 
 (63542)   2 -    YSD.DSAM.LD.
  53462  -   - -  BSS.YA.LYYYC. 
  53624    - -    ADY.CMB.CB 
 (32546)     -    CL.
  24365      -    SL.ML 
  24653      - -  CBB.AAMB. 
 (45236)     -    D.
  34256    -      MCMCM.B

      Music 66/18/142
        COM 135
  
     Bristol 672
        Deva 576
    Cornwall 672
    Lessness 672
      Malpas 672
 Superlative 672
    Adelaide 576
   Yorkshire 576

5088 Spliced Surprise Major (9 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies

  23456  M B W H
  26354    - - -  D.ADAA.DGY. 
 (65324)     2    BBMLL.B.
  43265    3      CCB.YSYG.MBCC.BC 
  35264  -     2  BCG.DGSDC.B. 
  63542    -   2  D.MC.GL. 
  42356    2      ALS.AYDMS.AYDA
 



       Music 81/24/130
         COM 144
  
     Bristol 768
        Deva 768
    Cornwall 768
    Lessness 384
      Malpas 384
 Superlative 384
    Adelaide 672
   Yorkshire 480
     Glasgow 480

5088 Spliced Surprise Major (10 methods)

Composed by Mark B Davies

  23456  M W B H
  35264      -    AVLL.SS 
 (63542)   2 -    YL.DSAM.SGDV.
  53462  -   - -  DMS.YA.V. 
 (53624)   - -    ADY.SSC.
 (32546)     -    YM.
  24365      -    BBCCGC.ML 
  24653      - -  CBCG.AACB. 
 (45236)     -    AGB.
  34256    -      VDM.B

      Music 69/21/144
        COM 141
  
     Bristol 576
        Deva 480
    Cornwall 672
    Lessness 384
      Malpas 480
 Superlative 672
    Adelaide 672
   Yorkshire 384
     Glasgow 384
    Venusium 384