• Add an editing interface: The aim of this project is to be wiki-like where anybody could fix mistakes or add new scores.
  • Add a booklet creation interface: Help with the preparation of chant booklets is a very demanded feature.
  • Clean the code and publish it.
  • Define a format for booklets and complex scores: there is already Andrew’s mgabc format but it’s using the <sc> tag for the gabc parts, which is a valid gabc tag for small-caps. We also need a way to deal with the cases where some notated part have a big initial while other don’t. Etc.


  1. Benjamin George
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    Will you be adding a search box? I like that you have everything organized, but perhaps someone might not know where to look for a specific text. Also, there are several texts that don’t really fit in any of the categories you have. Pater Noster (in its various settings) for instance, or the various Gloria Patri in their tones.

    • Aristotle Esguerra
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      Let me add my voice to Benjamin’s as regards the Pater Noster and other chants of the Order of Mass.

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        Which categories would you add for these?

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          I would be glad to have a category “Cantus in ordine missæ occurentes” like in the Graduale Romanum (Solesmes, 1979, pp. 798 ss.) and another one “Præfationes in tono solemni” like in the Ordo Missæ in cantu (Solesmes, 1995, pp. 19 ss.).

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      YES. It is a must to have a search box.

  2. Albert Bloomfield
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    It would be nice if you could have links on the individual chants to other chants nearby from the same book or at least a link to the source.php that scrolls down to the page that it is from.

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      Now there is a link to the previous and next chant next to the source image.
      You can also browse through the source images and add chants from there.

  3. Albert Bloomfield
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    It also might be nice to be able to have tags, so you could tag chants for a certain feast with the feast, and then if an offertory or something is used for two occasions it could be tagged with both.

  4. Benjamin George
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    Perhaps it would help if there was a button for non-GABC-educated types to note that there seems to be a problem with a score and give a description of the problem that an experienced GABCer can then look at and repair. That way you can have tons of non-GABCers proof-reading texts, leaving GABCers the time to go create scores etc.

  5. Travis Yeager
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    Is there any interest in uploading historical sources of chant? I’m thinking of not only the Ratisbon Gradual and the Medicea, but even medieval manuscript sources. It may be worthwhile also to get in touch with the folks at the CANTUS database ( to see if there is any interest in linking this database to theirs and vice versa, or even some collaboration.

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      I think any source is worth it… if somebody wants to retranscribe it…

  6. InNomine
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    In Alma Redemptioris Mater (Simple tone) is “matura mirante” instead of “natura mirante”.

    Thank you for your work!

  7. Ferdinand Velasco
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    Olivier, thanks for adding Aurora lucis rutilat.
    I’ve attempted to transcribe the remaining verses in case it would be helpful:
    name:Aurora lucis rutila;
    book:Antiphonale Monasticum, 1934, p. 455 & Antiphonale Monasticum, 1934, p. 470;
    (c4)AU(g)ró(h’)ra(g) lu(h)cis(i) rú(j’)ti(h)lat,(i’) (,)
    Cæ(i)lum(i’) láu(j)di(h)bus(g) ín(h’)to(j)nat,(ijwk/JI.) (;)
    Mun(h)dus(i’) ex(j)súl(k)tans(i) jú(j’)bi(j)lat,(i’) (,)
    Ge(h)mens(i’) in(j)fér(i)nus(h) ú(i’)lu(h)lat :(g.) (::)
    2. Cum(g) Rex(h’) il(g)le(h) for(i)tís(j’)si(h)mus,(i’) (,)
    Mor(i)tis(i’) con(j)frác(h)tis(g) ví(h’)ri(j)bus,(ijwk/JI.) (;)
    Pe(h)de(i’) con(j)cúl(k)cans(i) tár(j’)ta(j)ra,(i’) (,)
    Sol(h)vit(i’) a(j) poe(i)na(h) mís(i’)e(h)ros.(g.) (::)
    3. Il(g)le(h’) qui(g) cla(h)sus(i) lá(j’)pi(h)de,(i’) (,)
    Cus(i)to(i’)dí(j)tur(h) sub(g) mí(h’)li(j)te,(ijwk/JI.) (;)
    Tri(h)úm(i’)phans(j) pom(k)pa(i) nó(j’)bi(j)li,(i’) (,)
    Vic(h)tor(i’) sur(j)git(i) de(h) fú(i’)ne(h)re.(g.) (::)
    4. So(g)lú(h’)tis(g) jam(h) ge(i)mí(j’)ti(h)bus,(i’) (,)
    Et(i) in(i’)fér(j)ni(h) do(g)ló(h’)ri(j)bus,(ijwk/JI.) (;)
    Qui(h)a(i’) sur(j)réx(k)it(i) Dó(j’)mi(j)nus,(i’) (,)
    Res(h)plén(i’)dens(j) cla(i)mat(h) An(i’)ge(h)lus.(g.) (::)
    5. Qu’ae(g)su(h’)mus,(g) Auc(h)tor(i) óm(j’)ni(h)um.(i’) (,)
    In(i) hoc(i’) pas(j)chá(h)li(g) gáu(h’)di(j)o,(ijwk/JI.) (;)
    Ab(h) om(i’)ni(j) mor(k)tis(i) ím(j’)pe(j)tu(i’) (,)
    Tu(h)um(i’) de(j)fén(i)de(h) pó(i’)pu(h)lum.(g.) (::)
    6. Gló(g)ri(h’)a(g) ti(h)bi(i) Dó(j’)mi(h)ne,(i’) (,)
    Qui(i) sur(i’)ré(j)xisti(h) a(g) mór(h’)tu(j)is,(ijwk/JI.) (;)
    Cum(h) Patre(i’) et(j) San(k)cto(i) Spí(j’)ri(j)tu,(i’) (,)
    In(h) sem(i’)pi(j)tér(i)na(h) s’ae(i’)cu(h)la.(g.) (::)
    A(ghg)men.(f.g.) (::)

  8. Fr Matias
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    Is it possible to order scores according to the calendar, either “de tempore” or “sanctis”?
    Perhaps when I add a new score I can put it in the appropriate place on the calendar. Is this possible?

    Sorry for my bad English.

    Brother Matías.

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      This is what tags are meant for. But I should indeed improve the interface for selecting tags…

      • Fr Matias
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        Ok, thanks.

        I have a new question.
        Is it possible to write “annotations” in Roman numerals?
        And special characters, like as “A /”?

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          I’m working on score customization option but I’m very slow so I can’t give you any ETA…

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    Could you add the Dominican Processionarium to the list of sources? It has some interesting chants not easily found elsewhere, particularly for the Officium Defunctorum such as the antiphon Clementissime.
    You can download it at (as you probably know.)

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    Thank you. Another Dominican request: could you please include among the sources the Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ ( as it contains some unique chants – e.g. the Dominican version of “Ave Rex Noster” sung at the entrance to the Church on Palm Sunday. Thank you. – Martin OP

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    I think there is one error about the Introit GAUDETE Solesmes version.
    At the second gaudete i think there have one error : solesmes version graduale triplex page 21 (fa sol fa mi FA). In your version ‘(marked Solesmes also) FA is absent, why ?
    Antoine Phan

  12. BenB
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  13. aaronwillms
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    Can the 2007 Psalterium Monasticum be added as a source?

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      Is there a 2007 Psalterium Monasticum? I added the 1981 one…

      • aaronwillms
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        I misread the number when I looked at it quickly. 2012 (reprint of the 1981 edition).

  14. Wim Veth
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    I think the Iesu Redemptor is double?

  15. Wim Veth
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    Does the possibility exist to add the Praefationes in cantu, Solesmes, 1972 as a source?

    I didn’t discover how to upload a scanned page of a source as part of the documentation. Could you please explain? Thank you!

  16. benyanke
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    Is there an API planned/in place to access the database?

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    There are two different Alleluias with the incipit Laudate Dominum. In the database, one of them is only available in the Dominican version and the other only in the Solesmes version. I am looking for the Solesmes version of the Alleluia Laudate Dominum which is currently only available in the Dominican version, namely the Alleluia for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time with the text “Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes : et collaudate eut, omnes populi”. Could this be added?

  19. Wim Veth
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    For a nicer user experience, would it be possible to have the same complete alphabetic row of incipits repeated above each page of individual index pages?
    The result like this:
    (no incipit) A B C D E F G H I etc.



  20. Lucy
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    What has happened to the propers? ~I cant seem to be able to translate into Psalm tone as I could before. In fact I can even see them.

  21. MarekKlein
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    Hello, thank you for all your great work!
    It would be very nice to have the possibility to add the Cantus ID field ( to the chant and to have the possibility to search by this field.

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      I just added the field. Someday there will be a search possibility 😉

      • MarekKlein
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        Thank you! 🙂

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