This piece was originally recorded for Capstone Records in 1990 by Britt Theurer on trumpet and The Franciscan String Quartet. At the time, this beautiful bird was disappearing from the American West and was on the endangered species list.
The piece is in two movements. The first is “nesting music”, the second takes flight, and moves through several adventurous episodes, but finally settles back into the opening serenity. The work ends with echoing calls fading into silence.
Theurer, Britt; Smart, Gary; and The Franciscan String Quartet, "Trumpeter Swan (Recording)" (1990). Music Faculty Publications. Paper 23.