Ronald Searle Suite

From Wind Repertory Project
Lyn Murray

Lyn Murray (orch. Steiner)

General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c. 19:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Novello
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


1. Overture
2. Man
3. Fish
4. Soil
5. Sun
6. Fire
7. Watt
8. The Age of Steam
9. Whale
10. The Age of Gasoline
11. Miracles & Finale


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Horn in F I-II
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Ronald Searle Suite was composed for a documentary cartoon designed by the famous British animator Ronald Searle. It was commissioned by Standard Oil of New Jersey in 1957. The cartoon, entitle Energetically Yours, chronicles the development of energy sources and was produced by Transfilm. The suite was orchestrated by Murray's friend and colleague, Frederick Steiner.

- Program Note from An Annotated Guide to Wind Chamber Music

Today's performance is the world premiere of the Muséik-driven version of the film, synchronized to the music without the use of click tracks.

- Program Note by Mark Bonner, Jr., for the University of Missouri–Kansas City Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 February 2020


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Lewis, conductor) - 15 December 2022
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southwestern Division Conference, Norman, Okla.)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Christian Reardon MacLellan, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • The Georgia State University (Atlanta) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Ambrose, conductor) – 24 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Southern Conference, Tampa, Fla.)
  • Lynn University (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Amis, conductor) - 12 January 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Chamber Players (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 28 January 2017
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Frederick Harris Jr., conductor) - 2 January 2016
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 1 May 2016
  • Northshore (Chicago) Concert Band (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 8 February 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Lyn Murray." Accessed 7 January 2015
  • Murray, L.; Searle, R.; Steiner, F. (1962). Ronald Searle Suite [score]. Novello: London.
  • Winther, R. (2004). An Annotated Guide to Wind Chamber Music: For Six to Eighteen Players. Miami, FL : Warner Bros. Publications, p.291.