Steampunk Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Shirley Mier

Shirley Mier

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Train Whistle
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Steampunk Overture is a band work featuring a large percussion section, evoking the sounds and images of the world of steampunk: a science fiction/fantasy genre based on the concept of nineteenth century steam-powered technology. After the opening fanfare, the music settles into a clock-like groove played by the percussion section. The main theme is played by a solo alto saxophone, then travels through other instrument families interspersed with outbursts from the brass and lyrical passages from the woodwinds. The energy builds as more instruments join in, weaving countermelodies around the main theme, and the piece reaches its destination with a crashing, chaotic cacophony of sound.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the St. Michael-Albertville High School Wind Ensemble, St. Michael, Minn, Adam Sroka, Director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 420-421.
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 73/5 (December 2018), p. 34-35.
  • Perusal score
  • Shirley Mier website Accessed 24 August 2019