I need good books to fill some gaps. Does anyone recommend any of the following books? Is there something better available?
First of all I need books about writing for percussion. I have the Adler, Forsyth, Rimski-Korsakov and Gilreath orchestration books but they don't really dig into percussion. I'm especially interested in cinematic percussion usage and other creative forms of percussion writing. Percussion instrumentation and Beethoven type of percussion usage is covered in the abovementioned books. I'm interested in both orchestral and ethnic / world percussion.
Are any of these good:
Rocky Maffit et al - Rhythm & Beauty: The Art of Percussion (book and cd)
Samuel Z. Solomon - How To Write For Percussion
H. Owen Reed, Joel Leach - Scoring for Percussion
Secondly I need a book about conducting. Something that covers the basics too but preferably gives some insight to the artistic side of it.
How about these:
Brock McElheran - Conducting Technique for Beginners and Professionals
Joseph A. Labuta - Basic Conducting Techniques
Does anyone have the David Daniels' Orchestral Music? Are there other similar books?