I'm looking to extend my library in the area of orchestration and instrumentation. Specifically I'm looking at the following books:
Compendium of Modern Instrumental Techniques
Thesaurus of Orchestral Devices
Orchestral Combinations: The Science and Art of Instrumental Tone-Color
All of which are by Gardner Read. I was also wondering if anybody has used the "Professional Orchestration" series by Peter Lawrence.
In any case, I just bought "How to Write for Percussion" by Samuel Solomon, and "Music Notation in the 20th Century" by Kurt Stone. Both books are a must have. The Solomon is a little lacking in notational examples, in other words, he sometimes gives examples of sounds an instrument can make, without showing how to write it down (e.g. mouth vibrato for vibes). The Stone is just a fantastic dictionary of new-notation, and suggestions for concise ways of writing extended techniques.