Stained Glass Images 5. Color Tones of Music
2 piccolos, 4 flutes (some sing parts), alto flute (or 5th flute), bass flute,
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flute choir: 2 piccolos, 4 flutes (some sing parts), 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.

V. Colour Tones of Music

Colour Tones of Music was created for the West German Radio Station by George Meistermann. Meistermann formed the link between the prewar and postwar German stained-glass artists, and his huge abstract window for the radio station caused a great stir when installed in 1952. The background colors in the window panels are tan and white. Foreground colors are green, orange, yellow and blue-gray. Various abstract lines throughout the window are suggestive of musical elements.

Middle flute parts provide an eighth-note ostinato figure suggestive of electronic music. Dissonant parallel melodic harmonies enrich vertical sonorities reflective of the abstract window design. Adding additional tonal color to the movement, some members of the flute choir duplicate the melodic line in the flute part with the sound of the voice.