III. Cockatoos from Stained Glass Images
Composed by Sonny Burnette (b. 1952)
for Flute Choir
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
3 C Flutes
Alto Flute (or C Flute substitute)
Bass Flute/C Flute
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.
Son of the famous New York jewelry and silverware designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany earned a number of commissions to decorate the houses of the rich and famous, including a commission from President Chester A. Arthur to decorate the White House. The selected late 19th-century Tiffany window, now in the Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire, depicts two cockatoos in opalescent white glass in a tropical forest setting, surrounded by brilliant greens, light blues and ambers.
This movement attempts to capture the playful antics of the cockatoo through syncopated rhythms, close harmonies, trills, and gradually increasing tempo.