The MDB records around 40.000 settings of the Ordinary to range from the closing years of the 14th century up to the present day. In addition to general information on the works and fundamental biographic data, it also contains information on the source material and modern editions for every individual composition. The MDB is based on a systematic examination of the established encyclopedias and lists of references (MGG1 and 2, New Grove 1 and 2, RISM) as well as the specialist literature (
The data base is based upon the decade-long work of Peter and Verena Schellert (Arlesheim, Switzerland). Between the fall of 2010 and the summer of 2012, the financing of the
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and the
Forschungsschwerpunkt Historische Kulturwissenschaften
(Research Unit “Historical Cultural Sciences”) made it possible to consolidate the data and transfer it into the relational online data base structure at hand.
The MDB is meant among other things to make up the basis of the research project currently in preparation, “Die frühe Messvertonung zwischen liturgischer Funktion und Kunstanspruch” (the early mass setting betwixt liturgical function and artistic values) (the department of Musicology of the JGU in cooperation with the department of Musicology Weimar-Jena), and furthermore serve research with many more means of access to the mass repertoire.
Attention! The data base is in the stage of set-up!
Many data records are partly incomplete, not completely up-to-date, and have not been completely adjusted to the new structure yet!
You can contribute to the improvement of the MDB by pointing out mistakes with regards to content and technical issues.
Respective notices should be sent to:
massdatabase [at] uni-mainz.de