On Reflection is a companion piece to the earlier sextet The Miraculous Mandolin (2007), for a similar combination of instruments. But it is somewhat more introspective, as implied by the title, which also refers to the technical processes employed. The first section sets up a contrast between busy linear material and ‘frozen’ chordal passages, both emanating from a single source. The first part of the final section largely develops the quick character, but the piece ends with a chorale-like reworking of the chords. At the centre is a slow section, which perhaps reflects the title most aptly.
The work was written during the spring and summer of 2011, mostly in the hamlet of Trie in the Charente, France, and then completed in Tsada, Cyprus.