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Picnic At Hanging Rock

by Peggy Polias

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Picnic At Hanging Rock Suite (2009):

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.

About Peggy:

Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter based in Sydney. Polias prepares scores, instrumental parts and other print music materials for some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music (Composition), supervised by Professor Anne Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In 2011, Polias participated in the Halcyon First Stones project and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Workshops. After having a baby in early 2013, Polias has resumed composing in 2014. She continues to explore the influences of Javanese Gamelan, minimalism, feminism, fractals and handicrafts in her music.

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released September 1, 2016

Composer: Peggy Polias

Piano: Philip Eames, Darci Gayford Zubin Kanga, Ian Munro, Maggie Pang, Peggy Polias, Lara Rayner, James Wilkes
Sound Engineer: James Passfield
Producer: Cameron Lam

Cover Art: Ala Paredes

Inspired by the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

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Peggy Polias Sydney, Australia

Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter based in Sydney. She prepares scores, parts and other materials for some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music (Composition), supervised by Professor Anne Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium.
She continues to explore the influences of Javanese Gamelan, minimalism, feminism, fractals and handicrafts in her music.
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