Autumn Moods was commissioned by Matthew Marshall for performances by himself on guitar and Heleen Du Plessis on cello, during a New Zealand tour in 2017.
The piece is in two sections: the first is slow and melancholic, featuring a long arching cello melody; the second is quicker and has flowing repeated pattern through much of it. The new theme on cello is woven into a fabric of other ideas, some relating back to the slow section. There is more interplay between the instruments in this section, which gradually unwinds towards the end, coming to a reflective close.
Performance note: The Guitarist must tune the low E string down to D.
Dedicated to Matthew & Heleen