I came across a Pythagorean philosophy which states that “Music is the harmonization of opposites; the conciliation of warring elements.”
I think a lot about how music relates to perfume. Though it wasn’t until a recent conversation with the person who was representing me at FRAGments, that I understood most of how I use my music training is subconsciously. She had asked me to find a musical term that described each fragrance I was presenting there. I think I’ve mentioned here before, that I tend to compose very intuitively – I’m methodical about what oils I choose, and how they’ll go together in a blend. I do my best to ensure that they are well balanced. When it comes to the actual moment of creation, I tend to give myself to the Muse. This looks very “woo-woo” when I read it in printed word, however, that’s really what I do.
Perfume isn’t about me, it’s about the message behind the perfume. I’m just the hands that create. It’s about how it will make the person feel when they wear it. It should be thought provoking, emotion inducing. It should be music on your skin.
After our phone conversation, I sat down to consciously think of musical adjectives to describe each of the fragrances, and I also chose a piece of music to go with it. Here’s what I picked:
Moon Valley is un poco mosso – reminiscent of Clair de lune by Debussy from his Suite bergamasque
Lumberjack Man is lento – reminds me of Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev 2nd movement Song about Alexander Nevsky
Autumn Spice is allegro – like Vivaldi’s Autumn 1st movement from The Four Seasons
Little Black Dress is allegretto – like Chopin’s prelude (op 28.) no 17 “A Scene on the Place de Notre-Dame de Paris”
Vanilla Citron is cantabile – like Paganini’s Cantabile for violin and guitar
If you’re curious, all those pieces can be found via youtube, and if you’ve tried the fragrances, leave me a comment and let me know what you think after listening to the music :) I’d love to hear your thoughts on my picks!
That’s it for now, I’ll see you tomorrow for Scentual Sunday.