Handbell Compositions: 5024 Cornwall Surprise Major

After writing the previous article about Cornwall, I spent a bit more time working on a peal composition with four blocks of five befores, to get a good amount of coursing for both 3-4 and 5-6. Here's what I came up with.

5024 Cornwall Surprise Major
Simon J Gay

B  W  H  23456
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      -  42356
3  -  -  54632
-     3  43526
4  -  -  63542
2     -  34256
-  -  -  36452
-     3  65324
4  -  -  45362
-     3  56423
3     -  23456
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For handbells: 64% coursing for 3-4 and 71% coursing for 5-6.

It looks complicated, but like the David Maynard composition of Bristol that I wrote about some time ago, understanding its structure makes it easy to remember.

  • Starting with a home puts 3-4 into coursing, with the coursing order 52436. This is one of the coursing orders from which we want to call five befores, but:
  • Call 3 befores from the block of 5, giving the coursing order 43652.
  • When 3-4 and 5-6 are at the beginning of the coursing order, calling wrong and home takes us to 34562, another of the coursing orders from which to call five befores, but:
  • Call one before, then 3 homes for padding, then the other 4 befores.
  • Now back in 34562, call wrong and home to return to 43652.
  • Next call the remaining 2 befores from the first block of 5, to get back to 52436.
  • Call a home to give 54326. This is another coursing order for a block of 5 befores, but:
  • Call one before to give 65432, then wrong and home to give 56342.
  • Call one before, then 3 homes for padding, then the other 4 befores.
  • Back in 56342, call wrong and home to give 65432.
  • Call one before, then 3 homes for padding, then the 3 befores that are left over from the block of 5 on 54326.
  • Finally, a home brings it round.

I might try this one next time we go for our peal.

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