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Steampunk Scenes

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Erika Svanoe

Erika Svanoe

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 16:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Swan Maiden Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. Charlie and the Mechanical Man Marching Band - 4:10
2. The Strange Case of Dr. Curie and Madam Hyde - 4:05
3. Bertie Wells attends Mr. Verne's Lecture on Flying Machines - 4:40
4. Barnum & Tesla's Tandem Bicycle - 2:50

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bicycle Bell
  • Bicycle Horn
  • Castanets
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals (small)
  • Hotel Desk Bell
  • Mallets
  • Marching Machine
  • Ratchet
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone

Accordion (optional Keyboard)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Steampunk Scenes attempts to depict various scenes that take place in a fictional alternate history that features notable people alive in the Victorian era, including Charles Ives, Marie Curie, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, P.T. Barnum and Nikola Tesla. It borrows from popular music of the era, including the cakewalk, march, waltz, and the song Daisy Bell. These are combined with sounds of clockwork and imagined steam technology. It also borrows various musical elements from numerous composers of time, including Ives, Sousa, Satie, Karl King, Stravinsky, and Weill, with some Khachaturian and Danny Elfman thrown in for good measure.

“Steampunk” refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. It places an emphasis on steam- or spring-propelled gadgets. The most common historical steampunk settings are often set in the Victorian era, but in an alternative history where technology employs steam power. It may, therefore, be described as neo-Victorian. Steampunk features retrofuturistic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Flexible instrumentation transpositions were added to the PDF files for Steampunk Scenes in January 2021 to help meet the needs of programming music during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These parts may be used at the director or ensemble's discretion, although the original instrumentation is preferred by the composer. Contact composer for details.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Velvet Pastures Wind Ensemble (Durham, N.H.) (Andrew Boysen, Jr., conductor) - 4 February 2023
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 12 May 2021
  • University of Nevada Reno Wind Ensemble (Scott Miller, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Frontiers New Music Ensemble (Tyler Austin, conductor) - 19 March 2021
  • Marshall University (Huntington, W. Va.) Wind Symphony (Adam Dalton, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham) Wind Symphony (Andrew Boysen, Jr., conductor) – November 2015 *Premiere Performance*

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