Projects and links

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.

Cantus Portal: a hub for chant research

The new website, Cantus Portal, 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 Cantus Portal 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.

Cantus Index : Catalogue of Chant Texts and Melodies

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.

Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant

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 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 Ultimus

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.

Differentiae Database

Rebecca Shaw, Project Director

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 161 manuscripts from the Cantus Database. The database began as a standardization project for the differentia field in the Cantus Database, and the online Differentiae Database was created as part of Rebecca Shaw's master's thesis, completed at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 2019).