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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 reprint 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 from a Subscribed Database

When referencing an online score from a subscribed database, provide the homepage URL of the database, and the database name if this information is not part of the homepage.

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


Online Score Freely Available on Internet

If the online score is freely available on the internet, include the date retrieved and the URL of the website from which the score was retrieved:

Vaughan Williams, R. (Composer), & Stevenson, R. L. (Librettist). (1960). I have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope. Boosey & Hawkes. Retrieved March 30, 2009, from,_Ralph)#IMSLP538269

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