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Musical Score or Sheet Music

When referencing sheet music (a musical score) in APA style the following format is used for the bibliography or reference list entry:

Composer, A. A. (Date). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

You may need to include more information in square brackets to identify which score you used (e.g., the vocal vs. the orchestral score).

You may also need to outline the roles of contributors such as composer or librettist in regular brackets.

Rossini, G. (Composer), & Sterbini, C. (Librettist). (1956). Il Barbiere di Siviglia a comic opera in two acts [Vocal score]. Lynbrook, NY: Boosey & Hawkes.


In text citation:

(Rossini & Sterbini, 1956)



When citing a modern re-print of an old score, include the publication date of the reprint and the original work. Classical works may have a unique catalogue number, include this as part of the title:

Mozart, A. M. (1973). Sinfonia in Do Jupiter, K.551. Milano: Ricordi. (Original work published 1807)


Online Score

When referencing an online score include the URL and the name of the online database or website from which the score was retrieved if this information is not part of the URL.

Harvey, J. (1989). Bhakti. Faber Music. Retrieved from Music Online: Classical Scores Library, Volume I. website:



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