La Nuova Musica are delighted to announce an exciting sensual collaboration with Sarah McCartney of 4160Tuesdays who will scent our performance of Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square on 2 November 2015.
Sarah has created three scents: Galatea, Acis and Polyphemus and shared with us the inspiration behind her creations:
“A few years ago I read about the way early music was scented and wanted to give it a try, bearing in mind that people’s exposure to smell has changed completely over the last 150 years.
In Handel’s time scents abounded – from animals, lack of public hygiene, both personal and civic, and from expensive perfumes used by wealthy individuals and establishments, including the church.
An opera would have been intensely scented, both accidentally and on purpose.
Posies drowned out the stench of the street; dried flowers and incense created a suitable atmosphere, the wealthy powdered their hair and clothes with costly iris root, and kept deterred fleas and moths with patchouli. (more…)