Commissioned by Lionel Handy
for violoncello and piano
Pike and Shot refers to a military formation used from the Italian wars of the late fifteenth century until the adoption of the bayonet in the seventeenth century. A mixed formation of 'pike' and 'shot' allows the musketeers to inflict casualties from a distance while the pikemen protected them from enemy cavalry.
Pike and Shot was written for Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton in 2008.
October 15, 2008 - Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK
October 29, 2008 - Oliver Coates and Neil Georgeson, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
March 4, 2009 - Oliver Coates and Danny Driver, Nonclassical, The Macbeth, London, UK
April 25, 2013 - Paul Widner and Philip Thomas, Continuum Contemporary Music, The Music Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada