I'm learning music theory and composition on my own at home. I find that I understand little of the specific technical aspects that composers here talk about. I learn mostly from books as well as what I pick up here and other online resources. I'm really drawn to Baroque era music at the moment though I like the complexity of Mahler as well as other Romantic composers.
Some of the books I'm using/learning from are:
1 - The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis (by Clendinning & Marvin) - This is a thick, heavy college level (I think) textbook with workbook and anthology included. I almost think I would learn better from this if I were in a classroom setting as it is very in depth and technical.
2 - The Study of Counterpoint (by Johann Fux) - I like that it's written as a conversation between teacher and student, but since it was written in 1725 it doesn't help in understanding it in a modern way.
3 - Counterpoint, the Polyphonic Vocal Style of the 16th Century (by Knudd Jeppesen) - This teaches the same material as Fux, but is written by a modern musician/composer in 1939 who explains it in a much easier to understand way.
4 - Treatise On Harmony (by Rameau) - This is another book written centuries ago that is tough to follow and extremely detailed.
5 - Modulation (by Max Reger) - Simple as this books look, I'm not at this level yet.
I have several other books about music history as well as several Dover scores and other sheet music collections. I find that there is no one single book that tells all, but I would like to know if there are any specific books that may be learner friendly for the at-home amateur musician/composer.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.