Cantus Index is a central catalogue of chant texts and melodies for Office and Mass. Multiple online medieval music databases have been connected together through unique "Cantus ID numbers". Chant texts and melodies can be searched on this Cantus Index website, and matches in any of the partner databases will be returned. This is your first stop for online chant searches!
The Cantus Index partners include:
- 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)
- Cantus Index provides a central index of all chants which have been found in medieval manuscripts and later editions.
- Cantus Index enables 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
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.