Musical score [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]


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Please note that there are different types of score: full score, vocal score, miniature score, and it is suggested you indicate which one you have consulted.

Standard Form

Composer, Initial. (year). Title [Score - state if particular type of score, e.g. vocal score]. Place of publication: Publisher.


Beethoven, L. (n.d.). Mass in C [Vocal score]. London: Novello.

Purcell, H. (edited by Lewis, A.). (1966). The music in the Fairy Queen [Vocal score]. London: Novello.

Stravinsky, I. (1921). Le sacre du printemps [The rite of spring] [Full score]. London: Boosey & Hawkes.

Strawinsky, I. (1920). L'oiseau de feu [The firebird] [Miniature score]. London: Chester.

Citation in Text

In the Kyrie (Beethoven, n.d), the composer introduces ...

Purcell (1966) sets the words in such a way that ...

The Evocation of the Ancestors (Stravinsky, 1921) is a movement which ....

Strawinsky (1920) has used a more astringent instrumentation ...


  • Some older scores may have been subject to revision and editing by hands other than that of the composer. Where the edition of the work may be significant, it is worth adding the name of the editor (or adapter if the work is an adaptation).