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How to Cite a Musical Recording (Song) in MLA 7

Musical Recording – Any track or album from a compact disc, MP3 recording, MIDI, cassette, or vinyl recording.

Autocite Music Recordings in MLA Format



Last, First M. “Track Name.” Album Name. By Writer First M. Last. Cond. Conductor First M. Last. Perf. First M. Last. Band/Group Name. Rec. Date Month Year. Producer First M. Last, Year. CD/MP3/MIDI/Cassette/Vinyl.

Note: There will not always be a separate writer, conductor, orchestra or performer. If citing the entire album, do not fill out Track Name or recording date.


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Beethoven, Lugwig van. “Allegro Con Brio.” 1970. Piano Concertos Complete. Perf. Friederich Gulda, Wiener Philharmoniker. Decca Music Group, 1970. CD.

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