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dxvid says

im a big reader.. and im big on music, which most of us here obviously are.

anybody have any good books on music? theory, an autobiography on a composer, maybe even just a book about music in general. we could make this thread all about “books on music”..

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LaMusique says

“Study of Orchestration” 3rd edition by Samuel Adler

“Principles of Orchestration” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

“Harmony and Voice Leading” by Edward Aldwell

“Counterpoint in composition” by Felix Salzer

“Oxford history of western music” by Richard Taruskin

“Dance music manual – tools, toys and techniques” 2nd edition by Rick Snoman

“How to Make a Noise” by Simon Cann

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dxvid says

6 Steps to Songwriting Success by Jason Blume http://dld.bz/a2sv

6 Steps to Songwriting Success is the only book to break down the writing and marketing of hit songs into six manageable steps: developing successful song structures, writing effective lyrics, composing memorable melodies, producing successful demos, taking care of business, and developing persistence.

Produced in an easy-to-understand and lively format, the book includes 30 exercises for songwriters to practice and hone their skills, as well as checklists to objectively assess strengths and weaknesses. The book is filled with quotes, anecdotes, and inspiring stores from songwriting professionals.

Also included is an appendix with a list of hundreds of resources for songwriters.

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Mihai_Sorohan says

Meh… Sergei’s suggestions are much better, more professional and “heavier”.

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dxvid says
Meh… Sergei’s suggestions are much better, more professional and “heavier”.

lol what do u mean by more professional and “heavier”?..

anyway….

i was hoping to have more than just me and him contribute to this thread…

why not try to add some more books that YOU like to the list?... have u read any books on music?..

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Mihai_Sorohan says

Well, what I read seems pretty basic compared to what Sergei posted. I have just a “no name” orchestration book with range of instruments, brief description of instruments (on trumpet, by example have only an explanation about valves, not pistons…) and some pretty basic techniques (what’s an unison ).
Anyway, a book that give you a recipe in “6 steps” to success can not compare with ‚ÄúPrinciples of Orchestration‚ÄĚ by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, something that have been studied for ages in Music Academies, something that took a while to be written by one of the greatest composers and took many years of experience of writing for orchestra (I’m talking real orchestra, not mockups, not pop songs with one synth, one drum and one guitar, no “loopy” hip-hop or techno…).

I started to read “Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons” by Igor Stravinsky but it’s way over my current level :D, maybe in 10 years I’ll try again.

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LaMusique says

Mihai

There is a great book, more “easy and general” :

“Conversations With Igor Stravinsky”

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Mihai_Sorohan says

@dxvid
I’m sorry if sometimes I sound harsh. It’s because of my (lack of) English (knowledge). I really appreciate your “reading hunger” and I really appreciate the existence of a “books about music” thread.

@Sergei
Thanks for the suggestions, all those are great books. Too bad that my time get shorter and shorter every day :(
Lately I’m not reading. I’m in a country where I don’t speak their language and finding books…
Anyway, I’m more into notation reading because of the challenging nature of my instruments (trumpet and guitar).

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dxvid says
@dxvid
I’m sorry if sometimes I sound harsh. It’s because of my (lack of) English (knowledge). I really appreciate your “reading hunger” and I really appreciate the existence of a “books about music” thread.

its ok. some ppl may want an easily understood book like a “6 steps” book, and others may want some more indepth literature on orchestration. either way, it would fall under “books on music”... which should make for a good thread eventually!

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Mihai_Sorohan says

Well, maybe sound engineering falls under same category:
Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science By Bob Katz.

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