Canadian Chant Database
The Canadian Chant Database (CCD) will collect and catalogue chant manuscripts, fragments, printed books, and audio recordings that exist in Canada. These will include, in addition to manuscripts brought over from Europe, plainchant that was copied or printed in Canada, especially Indigenous language sources.
The CCD is intended to serve as a model for future national chant databases.
The Chant Hub
The new website, Chant Hub, will provide a fully-searchable central hub for existing digital chant repositories, including Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant and a dozen smaller databases in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Spain. The Chant Hub will include high-resolution image streaming and full-text input using optical music recognition (OMR) technology, and will be designed to facilitate the connection with other chant databases through the use of modern internet technologies such as API (Application Programming Interface) and Linked Open Data.
Debra Lacoste, Project Manager | Jan Koláček, Project founder and developer
Cantus Index is a catalogue of chant texts and melodies for Office and Mass. Multiple online medieval music databases are connected through this site, where texts and melodies from all networked databases can be searched at once.
Debra Lacoste, Project Manager | Jan Koláček, Web Developer | Jennifer Bain, Co-Investigator | Christine McWebb, Co-Investigator
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 Offices—as well as graduals and other sources for music ofthe 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.
Research Team : Jennifer Bain | Inga Behrendt | Julie Cumming | Ichiro Fujinaga | Andrew Hankinson | Kate Helsen | Alessandra Ignesti | Jan Koláček | Debra Lacoste | Sarah Ann Long | Elsa De Luca | Alan Sexton | Barbara Swanson
The main objective of the research for the Cantus Ultimus project has been to incorporate the latest optical music recognition (OMR) technologies with plainchant manuscripts in order to transform the existing Cantus Database
into a state-of-the-art research environment in which both music and text are fully searchable.
The Differentiae Database
provides basic analytic tools for the cross-manuscript study of differentiae
and a standardized means for identifying differentiae
in manuscript indices. To date, the database includes 159 manuscripts from the Cantus Database
. The database began as a standardization project for the differentia
field in the Cantus
, and the online database was created as part of Rebecca Shaw's master thesis, completed at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 2019). The database is currently undergoing editing and is password protected. To access the database, please contact Rebecca Shaw