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A marvel of a book!,
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This review is from: Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice (Crescendo Book) (Paperback)
Not having a formal or proper education in music can make it difficult to read music that is just a bit more advanced than lesson-one stuff. Writing your own music down is even worse, as you struggle to express the music.
Which is what this book is about: It has - I dare say! - all the music notational information you will need to have, collected in a way that is both interresting and inspiring. If you want to know how to score for the timpani's, for a harp, for cymbals - if you want to write a cluster in the avantgarde way - or if you just cannot remember how to organize the rythm instruments or write a cleff - THIS is the book.
Here is a wealth of information, clearly and exact directed against each instrument from the classical orchestra to the modern jazz and rythmical groups. Limits and playing style is discussed, in order for you as composer to be able to express the music - and also in order for you as player to understand what in the world the strange symbols actually means.
If I should point at just one thing to make better, that would be a more extensive index. You can find what you are looking for, but it can be better. Other that that, the book is so good!