Tragédie et Comédie

Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra

2013
$200,000

Over the course of its 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra will present Tragédie et Comédie, a concert series of French baroque orchestral music played on period-specific instruments. While French and Italian styles are the two pillars of baroque music, French compositions are rarely performed in the United States, despite their historic importance. Tempesta di Mare will perform five concerts—including their first at the Kimmel Center—of music from tragic operas, comic plays, and ballets, including compositions by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Phillippe Rameau. Described by Fanfare magazine as "one of America's great period-instrument bands, full of vitality and elegance," Tempesta di Mare has performed over 30 modern "world premieres" of lost or forgotten baroque masterpieces since 2002. Full-length recordings of these concerts will be made available for international audiences via CD, radio broadcast, and YouTube, establishing Tempesta di Mare as an early-music ensemble with a thorough investment in French baroque music.

Listen to audio samples from this project:


Jean-Baptiste Lully, "March for the Ceremony of the Turks," music for Molière's play, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670). Performed by Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare on March 8, 2014, at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia.


Jean-Baptiste Lully, "Chaconne for the Harlequins and Scaramouches," music for Molière's play, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670). Performed by Philadelphia baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare on March 8, 2014, at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia.