HAVPCD236 – The Canterbury Pilgrims Music for Chaucer’s Prologue
Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-1400) was brought up as a boy at Court and as a young man saw military service in France. He was a diplomat both in Italy and in France, and later a type of senior civil servant. He read widely in European literature and his most popular work, The Canterbury Tales, displays his experience and learning. It comprises a number of stories told to pass the time during a pilgrimage on horseback from London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury. The Prologue to the Tales describes the thirty pilgrims. Opus Anglicanum’s recital interweaves the Prologue with music contemporary with Chaucer, to set the scene, and to complement and illustrate the various characters.