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Autumn Moods Op. 196

for cello and guitar

Year:  2017   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  2017
Duration:  6m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Sample Audio

Sample: 0’00” – 1’00”
from Matthew Marshall | Brighter Than Blue

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1 of score

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This short piece reflects on the colours and lighting of Autumn, and also the aging process. It is song-like in places, with the cello playing long lines over the gently rocking guitar part. The first section is slow and melancholic, while the second section is quicker with repeated patterns that flow like running water. A more determined theme played on guitar brings the piece to a climax, before the music winds down to a quiet close.

I wanted to create a piece that Matthew and Heleen would enjoy playing, so there is considerable interplay between the parts, and some technical challenges. However, the main focus is on creating moods and emotions, and making space for the players to express themselves on their instruments.
- Anthony Ritchie

Published in 2018 by Hatchet Music Ltd, edited by Matthew Marshall and Heleen du Plessis.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Matthew Marshall

Matthew Marshall

Dedication note

For Matthew and Heleen

Contents note

One movement