Network of chant databases
CANTUS Index is a central catalogue of chants referenced 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:
- CANTUS Database (Debra Lacoste, University of Waterloo, Canada)
- Portuguese Early Music Database (Manuel Pedro Ferreira, Lisboa, Portugal)
- Slovakian Early Music Database (Eva Veselovská, Bratislava, Slovakia)
- Gradualia Project (Gábor Kiss, Budapest, Hungary)
- Fontes Cantus Bohemiae (Jan Koláček, David Eben, Praha, Czech republic)
- Cantus Planus in Polonia (Bartosz Izbicki, Warszawa, Poland)
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
CANTUS Index is connectable
- CANTUS Index is interactive
Registered users contribute by adding new chants which immediately receive automatically-generated Cantus IDs for subsequent references from manuscript databases.
searching for a chant by text (or melody - COMING SOON)
analyzing a chant source
searching for concordances of a chant
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.