Network of chant databases

CANTUS Index is a central catalogue of chants Homereferenced in medieval music databases. Several years’ experience in the context of electronic tools and their application to musicology has lead to the creation of this basic index of plainchant containing full texts of chants for Office and Mass.


The CANTUS Index is a result of collaboration between these manuscript databases:


What is the purpose of the CANTUS Index?

  • To provide a central index of all chants which can be found in medieval manuscripts and later editions.
  • To enable compatibility between medieval music databases.


What are the basic features of the CANTUS Index?

  • CANTUS Index is clear

       Chants listed in the CANTUS Index contain only 4 data fields:
            1. Full-text
            2. Genre
            3. Feast (not required)
            4. Cantus ID
  • CANTUS Index is connectable
             1. All chants have their unique Cantus IDs which are referenced from manuscript databases.
             2. CANTUS Index provides links to manuscript databases where the chants are indexed.
  • CANTUS Index is interactive

         Registered users contribute by adding new chants which immediately receive automatically-generated Cantus IDs for subsequent references from manuscript databases.


CANTUS Index may help you if you are:
  1. searching for a chant by text (or melody - COMING SOON)
  2. analyzing a chant source
  3. searching for concordances of a chant
  4. creating an index of a chant source

Access to the database is free, in accordance with the aims of the International Musicological Society’s Study Group Cantus Planus, which include the exchange of data in electronic form.