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Citing Music - Chicago Style: Scores

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Musical scores are treated in much the same way as books.

In a score, where there is an editor and/or translator in addition to the composer, they will appear after the title using ed. or trans. in the note and Edited by or Translated by in the bibliography entry.

Music Scores

Individual

Note:

Composer First-name Last-name, Title of score, ed. First-Name Last-Name (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

 

Johannes Brahms, Klaviersonate fis-moll, Opus 2, ed. Katrin Eich (Munich: G.Henle Verlag, 2017), 19.

Bib: 

Composer Last-name, First-name. Title of score. Edited by First-name Last-name. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.

 

Brahms, Johannes. Klaviersonate fis-moll, Opus 2. Edited by Katrin Eich. Munich: G.Henle Verlag, 2017.

Song/piece in an anthology/collection

Note:

Composer First-Name Last-Name, "Title of piece/song," in Title of Anthology, v. number, ed. Editor First-Name  Last-Name (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page numbers.

 

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, "Stizzoso, mio stizzoso," in Arias for Soprano, v. 2, ed. Robert L. Larsen (New York: Schirmer, 2004), 38-42.

Bib:

Composer Last-Name, First-Name. "Title of piece/song." In Title of Anthology, v. 2. Edited by First-Name Last-Name, page numbers. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.

 

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista. "Stizzoso, mio stizzoso." In Arias for Soprano, v.2. Edited by Robert L.Larsen, 38-42. New York: Schirmer, 2004.

Scores in collected / complete editions

Titles should be in their original language.

Other foreign terms can be translated to English. For example: ''Reihe' would be series, 'Band' volume, 'Teilband' part, 'herausgegeben von' edited by.

Roman numerals - replace with regular numbers: Series 2, not Series II.

Series and Workgroup often have accompanying genres / titles. For example, Series II: Bühnenwerke and Werkgruppe 5: Opern und Singspiele. These titles can be left off. Series 2 and Workgroup 5 suffice.

Note: Composer First-name Last-name, Title of Individual volume, Title of Complete Edition, series number, vol. number, ed. Editor First-name Last-name (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), page numbers.
  Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes-Passion, BWV 245, Neue Ausgabe Sämtlicher Werke, series 2, vol. 4, ed. Arthur Mendel (Kassel: Barenreiter, 1973), 102-3.
  Giuseppe Verdi, Il corsaro (melodramma tragico in three acts), libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, ed. Elizabeth Hudson, 2 vols., The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, ser. 1, Operas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press; Milan: G. Ricordi, 1998).
Bib: Composer Last-name, First-name. TItle of individual volume, Title of Complete Edition, series number, vol. number. Edited by Editor First-Name Last-Name. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.
  Bach, Johann Sebastian. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245. Neue Ausgabe Sämtlicher Werke, series 2, vol. 4. Edited by Arthur Mendel. Kassel: Barenreiter, 1973.

 Accessed online (eg. IMSLP or Database)

Scores consulted online: Include a URL or, if accessed through a password-controlled library database, a DOI. If a DOI, or a URL based on a DOI is not available, include the name of the database. [14.11, 14.161]

Access Dates: Chicago does not require access dates in its citations of electronic sources unless no date of publication can be determined from the source. However, students may be required by their instructors to include access dates in their papers. If so, the access date should immediately precede the URL or name of the database. [14.12]

Page numbers:  These may vary depending on the application or device used and will only be helpful to those who consult the same e-book format. In such cases, it is best to cite a chapter number or section heading in lieu of a page number. (see first Note example below) [14.160]

Note:

Composer First-name Last-name, Title of score, ed. First-Name Last-Name (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year), Date Accessed  (if required by institution), page number/s, Name of Database or URL.

  Benjamin Britten, The Burning Fiery Furnace (Second Parable for Church Performance), Op.77, libretto by William Plomer, trans. Ludwig Landgraf (London: Faber, 1983), 5, Classical Scores Library, Alexander Street Press.
Bib: Composer Last-name, First-name. Title of score. Edited by First-name Last-name. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Name of Databse or URL.
 

Popper, David. Zweite Tarantella für Violoncell mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 57.  Leipzig: Rahter, 1882. http://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/1/15/IMSLP388636-PMLP628898-Popper_-_Tarantella_No2_Op57_in_D_major_for_cello_and_piano_PNO.pdf.