Trumpet in C
Clarinet in Bb
Sun-Hammered Blue is beautifully delicate and perfectly balanced, providing for adequate challenge for a mixed trio. Schuessler showcases the dynamic range of each instrument without relying on virtuosic writing.
As the title implies, this work takes the form of a chaconne with a repeating cycle of chords, generally in a progressive descent, that begins to morph and distort in various ways while still retaining the same basic contour. The work is a meditation of sorts on the idea of “disrupted continuity.”