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The Cantus Database has moved into new, updated software! Testing is complete, the data has been been migrated, and the new site was launched at DACT Workshop 15 on Monday, July 24, 2023, just prior to the start of the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference (MedRen) in Munich. This site will remain available for a few more months for searching and retrieval (contents as of July 2023). Please contact us with any questions or concerns (


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 Office -- 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 Database is a part of the Cantus Index network of manuscript databases.

For our full catalogue of chants as well as access to the integrated network of partner chant databases, see Cantus Index (Catalogue of Chant Texts and Melodies).