What's new

12 May 2013
Kalamazoo 2013 Handout

PDF | Powerpoint
Kalamazoo 2013 Handout and Powerpoint from our "Chant From Scratch" Session with Susan Hellauer are available to download!

07 May 2013
CANTUS Session at Kalamazoo!

Come on Saturday morning at 10 am to sing "Chant from Scratch: A Pentecost Lauds from Original Sources" with Susan Hellauer of Anonymous 4.

09 Apr 2013
CANTUS receives funding!

We are delighted to announce that the CANTUS Database and the new CANTUS Index have received SSHRCC funding (a Canadian government granting agency) for at least five more years.

16 Jul 2012
New Concordances Tables

You can now easily compare the office traditions in sources!
CLICK HERE to try it.

10 Apr 2012
Image links for F-Pn lat. 15181

Direct image links for Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 15181 were added.

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Welcome to the CANTUS Database!

CANTUS is a database that assembles indices of the Latin ecclesiastical chants found in early manuscript and printed sources for the liturgical Office, such as antiphoners and breviaries. This digital archive benefits scholars in a variety of fields including ecclesiastical monody, the sacred polyphony of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, liturgical drama, hagiography, paleography, philology, ecclesiastical history and the history of monasticism, as well as performers of this early music (including church musicians and directors of liturgy), librarians and archivists.

The manuscript inventories are available at no cost. They are fully searchable by textual incipit, keywords, saints’ names or liturgical occasion, and “chant identification numbers” (drawn from standard chant research resources). Begun at the Catholic University of America and maintained for over a decade at the University of Western Ontario, CANTUS has started a new phase at the University of Waterloo with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CANTUS is affiliated at the University of Waterloo with MARGOT. This project is realized in cooperation with the Charles University in Prague.

Several new website applications are currently being developed which will increase the usefulness of CANTUS for both researchers and database contributors. Click here for details about the new tools:



The database now holds indices of 138 manuscripts, a total of 399,147 chant records for 1,301 liturgical occasions.

Contributors are currently indexing 41 manuscripts using the online CANTUS Input Tool. There are 39,901 chants records to be proofread.

This new CANTUS site has average of 142 unique visitors per day.

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