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How to Cite Sheet Music

How to cite sheet music in APA

Sheet music or a musical score or libretto, is the written form of a musical piece.

The APA guidelines do not specify how to cite sheet music, however, we suggest following the book format when citing sheet music. After the title of the piece, you want to include a descriptor that you are citing sheet music. One major difference between a book and sheet music is that sheet music is written by a composer, not an author. You can specify this fact if you would like, or treat the composer like an author. Additionally, sheet music can come as individual work, or it can be part of a collection or book.

Sheet music using composer as a descriptor:

Structure:

Beethoven, L. (Composer). (2002). Fur Elise [Sheet music]. New York: Random House.

 

Sheet music using composer as a descriptor with original publication date

Structure:

Beethoven, L. (Composer). (2002). Fur Elise [Sheet music]. New York: Random House. (Original work published 1810)

Note: Place the publication year after the source descriptor.

Sheet music without using composer as a descriptor:

Structure:

Beethoven, L. (2002). Fur Elise [Sheet music]. New York: Random House.

 

Example of sheet music found in a collection with composer descriptor

Note: This follows the chapter anthology format.
Example:

Beethoven, L. (Composer). (2002). Fur Elise [Sheet music]. In A. Harrington (Ed.), Book of Music. New York: Random House.

 

Sheet music found in a collection without composer descriptor and with original year published:

Structure:

Beethoven, L. (2002). Fur Elise [Sheet music]. In A. Harrington (Ed.), Book of Music. New York: Random House. (Original work published 1810)

 


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