MLA Guide: Songs, Lyrics

Works Cited

Puccini, Giacomo. La Boheme. Perf. Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Rolando Panerai, and Elizabeth Harwood.
         Berliner Philharmoniker and Chor der Deutschen 
         Oper Berlin. Cond. Herbert von Karajan. 
         Rec. Oct. 1972. London. 1987.

Simon, Paul. "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard."
         Concert in the Park. Warner Bros., 1991.

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In-Text Citation

In his lyrics for "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard," Simon has mixed his earlier flippant qualities with an earnest social statement (Simon).

Librettos, Liner Notes, Booklets

Works Cited

Vedder, Eddie. "Theory of Vitalogy." Liner notes. 
          Vitalogy: Music of Pearl Jam.
Epic, 1994.

Weaver, William. "Puccini's Perenially Youthful Opera."
          Booklet. La Boheme. By Giacomo Puccini. 
          London. 1972.

In-Text Citation

"Puccini may very well have known of Leoncavallo's project in advance, but by the time of their stormy meeting, his own Boheme was definitely in progress" (Weaver).


 

 

  

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