Roger Woodward's Ascent Music in Picnic at Hanging Rock
The 'Ascent Music’ was performed by Roger Woodward in 1996 and originally composed by Bruce Smeaton for Picnic at Hanging Rock. The contours of the ascending melodic minor motif (embellished by arpeggiated figures) is mirrored through each successive harmony providing the music with direction and unity.
According to Smeaton, the music was composed to help bridge the gap between the film’s use of the Romanian panpipes and its European classical music - such as Bach and Mozart. The ascending music also correlates with the film’s imagery and themes – namely, the girls ascension of the rock.