Stained Glass Images 2. The Rose Window
2 piccolos, 4 flutes, alto flute (or 5th flute), bass flute
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flute choir: two piccolos, four flutes, alto flute (or 5th flute), bass flute parts and score Sonny Burnette (b.1952)

Sonny Burnette (b. 1952)

Winner of the James Madison University Flute Choir 1995 Fifteenth Annual Composition Competition

The movements of Stained Glass Images are based on stained-glass panels created during the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, primarily throughout Europe.

II. The Rose Window

The rose window was a stained-glass window type which developed from the earlier Romanesque wheel. Typically, the rose window depicts eternity and infinity in perfect symmetry and order, with Christ as its center. The selected rose window, from the 16th-century Gothic Sens Cathedral in France, consists of a symmetrical circular pattern above ten vertical lancets contoured at the top to accentuate the circle. Each detailed panel contains a vast array of bright colors, with blue as the central theme. 

Representing the circular window panel is a repeating circle-progression harmonic pattern, which produces a chaconne form. Albeit with a contemporary flavor, this movement is suggestive of contrapuntal organ music which may have once graced the cathedral chambers.