Popular Music Composition BooksBy danuniversal , November 10, in Composers' Headquarters. I have tried to search on libraries and it is very hard to find a book in the music category that be not a "history of music" book. It seems as somehow it were very mysterious the "secret" to compose music, but I am sure that it is not a secret, and that it is not a mystery. Yet, I have very hard times finding any book to learn to compose, maybe I am too unwise to search, maybe there are actually very few books about this topic. Whatever it is, I now request you to please give me some bibliography about composition, it does not matter if it is something to advanced or something for beginners, I would like to make the bigger bibliography of composition books that I can.
Seven great books about music
All the aforementioned books just teach you about scales, chord construction, progressions, cadences, transposition, harmonics, tuning, metering etc. However, I am unaware if there is a good book that teaches you the tricks of composition. This is when you've got to listen to a lot of music and follow it with a score, with a pencil at the ready.
Good books on music composition
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Virtually any paragraph written about its theory, its history, its analysis, its ethics or its science will be met with a hailstorm of contradiction and outrage, so I am nervous suggesting any books about music since such a list would undoubtedly infuriate as much as intrigue. The music itself can be enough, without comment, of course. But how boring life would be without the debate. The 10 books I've chosen here are simply ones that I have enjoyed reading about the subject I adore; they do not cover the subject comprehensively or even fairly, they are just ways of looking through the kaleidoscope at different angles. Mostly, these authors come at it from the perspective of preferring one type of music over another: yes, they are as opinionated and tribal as all of us fellow listeners.