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Writing Citations in Music


Published music scores - instrumental music example (MLA 5.7.5)

Music scores are cited in the same way as books.

Composer Last Name, Composer First Name. Title of score. Edition, arranged for <instruments> by Name of Arranger, edited by Name of Editor, Publisher, Date of Publication, location.

Handel, G. F. Trio Sonata No. 1. Arranged for 2 alto saxophones by Himie Voxman and Richard Hervig. 1733. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music, 1989. Print.

Thomas, Augusta Read. Incantation: For Solo Viola. G. Schirmer, 2006.

Beethoven, Ludwig van. String Quartet in B Flat Major Op. 18 No. 6. Universal Edition, edited by E. F. Kalmus, 1937. IMSLP,

Schubert, Franz. “Gefrorne Träanen.” Winterreise, Op. 89 (High Voice), by Franz Schubert, Urtext of the New Schubert Edition, edited by Walther Durr, Bärenreiter, 2009, pp. 8–9.

Unpublished Music Score

Unpublished scores are treated the same as unpublished books.

Author. Title of Manuscript/Document. date of composition (at least year), along with the name and location of the library, research institution, or personal collection housing the material. If possible, include a URL.

Bach, Johann Sebastion. Cantatas. Selections. Seven Cantatas by Bach, once owned by Mendelssohn. Copyist's manuscript. [1700-1750]. Department of Music Manuscripts and Books, Pierpont Morgan Library.