The most often used citation styles for Music are the Chicago Manual of Style and MLA Handbook for Writers, both of which are located at the library service desk. For more assistance, please consult a librarian or your professor.
You may also want to look at How to write about music : the RILM manual of style (James R. Cowdery, editor), call number: 808.06678 H741wr.
Music Research: a handbook includes detailed instructions on how to cite music sources in Chicago and MLA style
Cite a score as you would a book in Chicago style:
Composer last name, first name. Title of score. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication (or n.d. if there is no date).
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. The piano sonatas and fantasies. New York: E. Kalmus, 1968.
(From The Chicago Manual of Style)
Cite a music recording in Chicago style:
Composer last name, first name. Title of musical recording. Essential performer(s) first name, last name. Record label CD identifying number. Year. Format.
--Essential performers can include soloists, conductor, or ensemble
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Piano sonatas. Christoph Eschenbach. Deutsche Grammophon 463 137-2, 1999. CD.
Cite a score as you would a book in MLA style:
Composer last name, first name. Title as it appears on title page (italicized and capitalize the abbreviations No. and Op.). Date of composition (or N.d. if there is no date). Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication. Print (or Online). If the score is part of a series, include the series name.
Donizetti, Gaetano. Don Pasquale: An Opera in Three Acts with Italian-English Text. 1842. New York: Belwin, 1959. Print. Kalmus Vocal Scores.
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