A New Spliced Surprise Major Canon

This is a new series of peal compositions with an ambitious goal. I want to initiate a renaissance in the genre of tenors-together Spliced Surprise Major.

Over the last decade or two a quiet revolution has taken place in peal composition for single methods, which, to my way of thinking, has served to democratise change-ringing music. In the past we had music for the back bells off the back, but in this new age ringers are also treated to little-bell music, middle-bell music, and runs off the front as well as the back of the change. The elegance and structure of a composition has become more important, too: the days of "three Homes to finish" are, if not gone, then fading. This shift in compositional focus has spread from its introduction on higher numbers, and is now common in Royal and Major.

But the field of tenors-together Spliced has lagged behind. Despite good innovation with the cyclic multipart, the standard, tenors-together composition has not made similar progress, with most extant peals fixated on the CRU as a measurement of music. With this new series I hope to change that for the better. I want to bring to tenors-together Spliced the benefits of little-bell music and structural elegance which the single-method genre already enjoys.

To achieve this, I have developed a new set of tools which are based on probabilistic metaheuristics. This includes algorithms such as the method of simulated annealing, stochastic tunneling, and varieties of genetic search; for a good introduction to the field see this Wikipedia page. These techniques are quite unlike the brute-force tree search algorithms used in the past, and have allowed me to push further into the difficult territory of one-part spliced than I believe has been possible before. It also happened to be a lot of fun!

In my new series there are ten peals, starting with a single method ("1-spliced"), and using the same calling to add methods up to 10-spliced. The methods are musical and interesting, but should be familiar to most peal ringers - I have tried to choose from the best of those which are rung frequently today. The basic figures are taken from my 5056 no.1 for Bristol Major; this means bobs-only, tenors-together, and a sparse calling which links good coursing orders and generates little-bell and big-bell rollups off the front and the back throughout the peal. The music thus provided is maintained and even increased as methods are added.

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. My hope is that this new series will reset that standard for the next century. Please let me know if you ring any of the compositions - a round of drinks for the first band who rings the whole lot!

The compositions:


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

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

Composed by Mark B Davies
    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
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

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
5024
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
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
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
   Venusium
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
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
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

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.


I have also explored the potential of little-bell-generating multipart compositions using the same methods. Here I omitted the 1- and 2-method peals, so we start with 3-spliced; in further contrast to the one-part series, I have chosen different compositions as methods are added, in order to maximise the music at each stage. By picking the best calling it has proved possible to pack in surprisingly high numbers of little-bell runs, despite using a familiar back-bell dominated 1xxx5678 part end throughout. The result is a set of compositions which compete closely with the one-parts - the only substantive disadvantage being that the multipart peals are not ATW (although in fact most bells do ring most place-bells of each method). Again, please let me know if you ring any of these.

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

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.



MBD March 2013