Online tool for searching plainchant melodies
WELCOME TO THE GLOBAL CHANT DATABASE!
This is a searchable database of plainchant melodies and texts included in medieval sources and new editions.
It serves as a simple tool for searching information on Gregorian chant and other medieval monody including sacred songs.
At this time the database contains almost 25.000 records of chant incipits
that provide information about text, melody, genre, modus and concordances in new editions and other on-line databases.
Some of the records include also hypertext links to facsimiles where a particular chant can be found.
Index of all texts included in the database:
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13 Nov 2009
GCD is now connected with the Bible! For browsing chants inspired by Holy Scripture go to Bible search.
02 Nov 2009
Hymn melodies from the Cantus Planus database were added to GCD by courtesy of Prof. David Hiley.
03 Sep 2009
Chant incipits from Hymni et sequentiae (Budapest, 1956) by Benjamin Rajeczky were added to the database.
27 May 2009
30/01/2016 - 21:55 Larry
Are you aware of any audio recording of any kind of the following: 1. Alleluia qui docti fuerint 2. Alleluia qui ad justitiam erudiant multos 3. Mihi autem adhaerere Deo bonum est (offertory) 4. Vos estis lux mundi: sic luceat lux vestra(communion)
28/03/2014 - 14:49 Adrian Mallia
I have been trying to find the organ accompaniment music sheets for the "Liber Usualis" of the Monks of Solesmes. The thing is, I am not even sure if these scores are even available or if they were ever produced. So, if you could at least confirm if they were infact produced or not will already be of great help. If they are available and you could help me with abtaining them, well, that would be really really appreciated. I thank you in advance for you interest and send my regards
24/01/2014 - 13:33 Christoph Dohrmann
Dear Ladies & Gentlemen, I would like to suggest a new online project for chant: a melody database which contains many different versions of chant from all chant traditions (Old Roman, Ambrosian, Beneventan, Old Spanish, Gregorian, Sarum). Many people could contribute to such a project, transcribing melodies from sources (which should always be given in the transcriptions). Many sources which are already online could be linked with the transcriptions. The project should also contain regional and temporal variants of chants, thereby documenting chant reforms etc.. The database should also contain introductions to the chant traditions and different chant centers, explaining how chant developed and describing the peculiarities of different chant centers and chant reforms. A bibliography for each chant tradition could also be added. The long-term aim could be to really document all extant variants of chant melodies. Audio files with recordings of chants could also be added - these
13/07/2013 - 14:44 Jay
What a find this is! Some time ago I saw a "The end is Nigh" movie, "2012 Mayan Prophecy". In one of the preambles there is a chant which I have been trying to identify. I have copied the short piece but have not been able to remove the voice over. Selective hearing is only a partial answer. Can you recommend any solutions?
Global Chant Database is maintained by Jan Koláček
Last update: 02 November 2009