Chaucer Canticles


Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) was a man who lived in an age of both unparalleled practicality and formalized romance which marked the end of feudalism and the birth of the middle classes. Gentle, humorous, and honest, the elegant and exacting form of Chaucer’s poetry projects the charisma of a man with a lyrical enjoyment of life and the clarity of purpose never to loose sight of his creative priorities. The text for “softe sonne” is the roundel from “The Parlement of Foules”. First published in 1382 the poem is an allegorical love-vision poem, most probably written in honour of a royal marriage. Certainly, the charm of this roundel is it’s simplicity and rhythmic form, but it is interesting to observe that the pronunciation of these medieval words reflects an evolving language that, today, seems rather exotic. 

Michael Oesterle CA

Michael Oesterle, born in 1968, is a Canadian composer who lives in Deux-Montagnes Québec.

Michael Oesterle