What's new

25 May 2014
Canadian Society of Medievalists

Today Debra presented "Old, New, and Newer Chant Databases: The CANTUS Database and CANTUS Index" at the meeting of the CSM at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Brock University, St. Catharines, ON).

23 May 2014
Slides from Kalamazoo 2014 Session: An EnCHANTed Evening--Singing Vespers with CANTUS

Look through our Vespers session slides here.

22 May 2014
Slides from Kalamazoo 2014 Session: So You Think You Can Chant: Gregorian or [Old-]Roman?

Take a look through our presentation slides here!

07 May 2014
A Video Introduction to CANTUS

Check out our new video and learn about the CANTUS Database in less than 2.5 minutes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMmGrUxhPj4

07 May 2014
Two CANTUS Sessions at Kalamazoo 2014!

Join the CANTUS Database on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for two chant workshops. We will sing Vespers from images of the manuscript Fribourg 2 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. a panel of scholars will assist the audience in determining which versions of the responsories they hear performed live are either Gregorian or Old-Roman, based on stylistic tendencies of these two chant dialects.

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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:

CANTUS Team

Statistics

The database now holds indices of 138 manuscripts, a total of 439,053 chant records for 1,306 liturgical occasions.

Contributors are currently indexing 41 manuscripts using the online CANTUS Input Tool. There are 39,906 chants records to be proofread.

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


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