An index to Anglican Chants

compiled by Ton Meijer

Quick select: go to the list of
Chant types    Chant books included    Fingerprints (explanation)    Search by reference number
Composers    Original composers    Chant names    Keys
Psalm and Canticles    Multiples by composer    Multiples by key

The purpose of this site is to collect as many Anglican Chants as is possible and/or feasible. If you are not familiar with Anglican Chanting, you may want to have a look at the principles of chanting, or listen to King's College Choir, singing Psalm 150 on a chant by Robert Philip Goodenough (there are many psalms sung by a variety of choirs to be found on You Tube). Goodenough's chant can be played here.

An article with a thorough discussion of the website, a validation of the indexing method and a comparison with other methods was published in: Ton Meijer / Martin J. M. Hoondert / Menno M. van Zaanen: "ChantFinder: A melodic index to Anglican chants", Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie 57. Band, 2018 p. 216

For each chant book included, general information about the book is provided, together with a Table of Contents. If you do have suggestions for chant books that should be included, please let me know and please also let me know where to get those books. Similarly, if you find an error, it will be greatly appreciated if you point it out to me, so I can correct it.

Apart from the list of chant books, the site currently consists of the following parts:

Although they are included in the main indexes, two additional lists are provided for those chants that are not strictly Single or Double (Triple and other "Multiples"):

For convenience of those who want to be able to recall a chant easily there is also

For all chants listed, a midi file is available. Please note that the midi files are provided solely as a tool to identify a particular chant or to compare chants. They are NOT intended to be reverse-engineered to obtain printed copy!! The purpose of the website is to be an index, for printed copy you should use the sources indicated with every chant book. As of February 2019 the files are scrambled to discourage reverse-engineering.

Status updates

Recent activities:

  • Sep. 16, 2019 The user interface to the composer index is modified; it is now a simple list box; this will also be implemented for other indexes.
  • Sep. 12, 2019 New information added: If the chant number is followed by the diamond symbol (♦) the editor of the chant book claims explicitly that this is the first publication of the chant. This has not yet been verified for all books, it will be checked in the near future.
  • Sep. 11, 2019 Index for fingerprints simplified and replaced with a search function
  • Sep. 10, 2019 Index on reference number replaced with a search function by reference number
  • Sep. 7, 2019 The Westminster Abbey Chant Book -- Chants as used in Westminster Abbey (Turle/Bridge, book no. 128) completed
  • Sep. 5, 2019 New feature added: index by reference number now available
  • Aug. 24, 2019 Charles Hylton Stewart Collection (book no. 153) included
  • Aug. 16, 2019 All chants attributed to Henry Lawes are now attributed to Joseph Corfe, with a reference to Henry Lawes as the composer of the original melody.
  • Aug. 12, 2019 Ely Cathedral Chant Book (Judd, book no. 162) included
  • Aug. 8, 2019 The Male Voice Chant Book (Hunt, book no. 159) included
  • Aug. 2, 2019 The Choir Chant Book (Mann, book no. 145) included
  • July 27, 2019 The Gloucester Psalter (Waters, book no. 160) included
  • July 22, 2019 Encyclopedia of the Anglican Chant (Waite, book no. 142) included
  • July 16, 2019 New feature added: in all listings the fingerprint is followed (if applicable) by two numbers in parentheses, indicating in how many books this chant (by this composer) was published and how many other composers composed a chant that starts with the same fingerprint.

Go to the list of
Chant types    Chant books included    fingerprints (explanation)    Search function by reference number
composers    original composers    chant names    Keys
Psalm and Canticles    Multiples by composer    Multiples by key

Contact: ton.meijer/at/ (please replace /at/ with the @-sign)