(Audio is a home studio recording by Guido Arbonelli, bass clarinet. Score purchase link is for bass clarinet version. Perusal copy displayed is the bassoon version.)
Reviews of Afternoon Reflections
…Harmonically, the work is a mixture of tonal and modal influences. In keeping with the title, the work is generally calm, reflective, introspective, and the dynamics support this character as well.
The “reflections” of the work are short, sometimes isolated and rarely extended. This is represented in the succession of melodic fragments of varying lengths, shapes and rhythms, separated by short rests. Performance decisions are required to decide which should be grouped into longer segments, i.e., which rests are incorporated into a “phrase” and which are passive.
Motives—rhythmic and melodic— recur throughout, restated exactly or varied. With the absence of technical demands, the performer is free to concentrate on musical expression. – Robert Riseling, The Clarinet Journal Reviews