Last week I had the opportunity to meet Sam Adler, the author of one of the music textbooks that has greatly influenced me. (more about that below) So I was wondering what everyone has on their bookshelves.
I have a pretty large library of scores and music text and reference books. I keep them tucked neatly away in my studio closet for easy access. However, there are 5 books that i referebce so often that they sit prominantly on a literal pedestal right next to my piano. They are:
The Grammar of Conducting: Max Rudolf
Music Notation (a Manual of Modern Practice): Gardner Reed
Pocket manual of Musical Terms: Schirmer
Twentieth Century harmony: Persichetti
and at the top of the stack
The Study of Orchestration: Samual Adler