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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