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What's New

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:00

Symposium: Machine-Reading and Crowdsourcing Medieval Music Manuscripts

Join us at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY this Thursday (26 October 2017) for a symposium on crowdsourcing and digital projects in medieval musicology.

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Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00

Welcome to the new Cantus Database!

After a period of testing, we have closed our old site (cantusdatabase.org) and are redirecting everyone to this new site at the University of Waterloo. Please edit any bookmarks you have. We hope you enjoy the updates, new sources, and new analysis programmes!

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:00

Cantus at the meeting of the Hymn Society

The Cantus Database will be at the Annual Meeting of the Hymn Society of America tomorrow! Sectional IV, Session 23: A Live Tour of the Cantus Database.

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 00:00

MedRen 2017 Poster

Thanks to Jan Kolacek for representing the Cantus Database and Cantus Index last week with a poster at the 45th Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference in Prague. If you have any questions about either of our databases, or if you would like more information about the Cantus Analysis Tool, please write to us.

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:00

Call for proposals to the Historiae series

The series 'Historiae' is devoted to the edition of medieval saints' offices. It is published for the Study Group 'Cantus Planus' of the International Musicological Society and appears as part of the series 'Musicological Studies' at the Institute of Mediæval Music (Kitchener Ontario) under the supervision of Debra Lacoste. 'Historiae' was created by David Hiley. Its first volume was published in 1995; today the series comprises of 27 volumes. Present series editors are Zsuzsa Czagany, Barbara Haggh, and Roman Hankeln. Earlier members of the editiorial board were Ruth Steiner and László Dobszay.

The editors are looking forward to proposals which should consider the general form and content of the existing Historiae volumes. These volumes contain a) an introduction with information about the cult of the saint, the sources used, the history of the repertory, the musical style(s) and b) a transcription of the chants, including lessons and the Venite- and Te Deum-tones. A translation of the texts is optional but welcome.

For new proposals please contact Roman Hankeln: roman.hankeln@ntnu.no.

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 00:00

Kalamazoo "Cantus Hackathon" Session

We began an inventory of the antiphoner copied by Jacobellus of Salerno, now held by the Art Institute of Chicago! Our willing participants learned about the layout of manuscript pages, the expected order of chants throughout the offices, how to navigate through the Cantus input screens (some automated and some manual), and more.

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 00:00

Cantus Web App

Try our new app that works in your browser (https://abbot.uwaterloo.ca/). Search while online, then save your results and access them offline! Look for the Cantus Web App in the "Resources" menu. Find a brief description here: https://abbot.uwaterloo.ca/#/offline. (Note: Safari users may have difficulty, as it is not optimized for offline use - try Chrome or Firefox!)

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 00:00

New indices

Riesencodex (D-WI1 2) and the Dendermonde (B-DEa 9) sources have been published!

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:00

Cantus Melody Comparison Tool

You can now easily compare melodies of each chant after one click! Try it here (find the "List of melodies" section and click below)

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 00:00

Cantus Melody Search Tool

Search all the melodies in the Cantus Database with the new Cantus Melody Search tool. Mouse clicks on the staff make it easier than ever before!

Search Melodies - Try It Right Now!

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