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Picnic at Hanging Rock

MP3 Album

Picnic at Hanging Rock / Peggy Polias.

  • Published by Kammerklang — 2016
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 10: The McCraw Peggy Polias Philip Eames 3 mins, 21 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 12: The Rock Peggy Polias Philip Eames 2 mins, 54 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 4: Fugue Peggy Polias Philip Eames 2 mins, 12 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 9: Time III Peggy Polias Philip Eames 1 mins, 44 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 8: Miranda Peggy Polias Darci Gayford 5 mins, 16 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 2: Waltz Peggy Polias Zubin Kanga 3 mins, 12 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 3: Nocturne Peggy Polias Zubin Kanga 5 mins, 10 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 1: Time I Peggy Polias Ian Munro 8 mins, 46 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 5: Time II Peggy Polias Maggie Pang 3 mins, 15 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 11: Into Nature Peggy Polias Peggy Polias 3 mins, 45 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 6: Long Lost Lost Peggy Polias Lara Rayner 3 mins, 20 sec.
Picnic at Hanging Rock suite (2009) — piano with live electronics — Mvt. 7: Totem Animals Peggy Polias James Wilkes 2 mins, 40 sec.

Product details

This suite of 12 piano pieces was written in response to Joan Lindsay's intriguing 1967 novel, one of my favourites of Australian literature. A posthumously and separately published "extra chapter" goes beyond the hauntingness and mystery of the original novel to deal with the dimensional structure of time and/or spirituality.

The additional volume, The Secret of Hanging Rock (1987), includes commentary by Yvonne Rosseau, who identifies three dimensions, Time I, II & III, where engagement in the mortal ego-bound realm is most at Time I and least at Time III. These ideas have been explored musically and conceptually at length, while also recognising the flavours of the novel in its original form.

Another important aspect of the novel is that ideas about time have been explored in the context of the school experience of adolescent girls in 1900. I found myself comparing this with the 2001 film Donnie Darko, which explores ideas about time via the school experience of an adolescent male protagonist in 1988. While the music in the Suite mostly steers clear of references to the 1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock film score, the fragile and melancholy music scored for Donnie Darko, featuring piano, did influence aspects of this Suite.


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