Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant - Inventories of Chant Sources | Cantus Manuscript Database

Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant - Inventories of Chant Sources

Cantus is a database of the Latin chants found in manuscripts and early printed books, primarily from medieval Europe. This searchable digital archive holds inventories of antiphoners and breviaries -- the main sources for the music sung in the Latin liturgical Office -- as well as graduals and other sources for music of the Mass.

New phases of the project include adding chant melodies to existing records, and indexing other types of chant manuscripts, including processionals, pontificals, and sources that contain sequences.

Cantus Database is a part of the Cantus Index network of manuscript databases.
For our full catalogue of chants as well as access to the integrated network of partner chant databases, see Cantus Index (Catalogue of Chant Texts and Melodies).

Use the Cantus Database if you are:

  • looking for the complete contents of an indexed source;
  • investigating a particular manuscript or liturgical centre (monastery or cathedral);
  • seeking quick access to the online archives that hold digital images for many of the sources indexed by Cantus;
  • searching for a chant by text;
  • searching for a chant by melody - use Melody Search Tool;
  • wondering which chants were sung on a particular Saint's day or any other feast throughout the year;
  • searching for concordances of a chant;
  • creating a new inventory.

Use the Cantus Index if you:

  • would like to confirm the full text and Classical Latin spelling of any of the indexed chants;
  • want to analyze the usages of particular chants in sources from across medieval Europe;
  • want to broaden your search for a chant to sources beyond the Cantus Database.

Access to Cantus Database and Cantus Index 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.

Following the Tri-Agency Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), the Cantus Database, while committed to excellence in research and research training, recognizes that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. The Cantus Database will work with those involved in the research system to develop the inclusive culture needed for research excellence and to achieve outcomes that are rigorous, relevant and accessible to diverse populations.