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Chantdiscography.com offers a relational database of Western Plainchant on sound recordings. (The term “record” is used here to describe any sound carrier, including but not limited to shellac 78s, vinyl 45s, vinyl LPs, cassette tapes and compact discs.) It is a revision and expansion of A Gregorian Chant Discography, published in 1990. Data entry began in February 2010 and public access has been offered since November 2010, even though data entry has not been completed. The entry of known records issued since 1990 is virtually complete, and the entry of records listed in the 1990 book is also virtually complete. New issues and records newly discovered are continually being entered.


Each chant is identified by one or more editions. The first page number identifies the edition heard on the record. The following page numbers identify editions that may be the same or different, but are variant versions of the same chant. For example, most hymns found in LH, AM and LU vary in text or melody or both; the doxology or final strophe is usually a different text in each of the three editions. A chant sung from none of the editions listed is noted as a variant manuscript or variant edition with the source cited if known. Chants that are not found in any modern liturgical edition may be identified from one of various sources identified in the list of abbreviations.

A large number of previously unknown recordings has been lent to the compiler for analysis by Manuel Alberto Díaz-Blanco González-Mohíno of Belfort, France.

Each record is identified by format and country of origin. The format codes are CD (compact disc), LP (12-inch or 10-inch vinyl long playing record), MC (tape cassette), 33 (seven-inch 33rpm vinyl disc), 45 (seven-inch 45rpm vinyl disc), 78 (78rpm shellac disc), and DV (DVD video disc). The country of origin codes are the two-letter internet country codes, including US and UK.

Since October 2013, a few entries have been added for information. The first Milanese chant on Cetra c.1939 is entered with sketchy information as catalogued, as are the Nashdom set of 1934. The second group of Parlophone acoustics of 1925 and the Maredsous set on Semen are mentioned without contents. The Pathé cylinders (CY) of 1899 are mentioned. A Parlophone set of hymns of 1927 is mentioned because it has been erroneously catalogued as chant. These are exceptions to the usual method of data entry.