These are the books that I used during my studies and/or still use for reference nowadays.
Of course, there are more books available than that ;-)

Recommended Books for Notation

Cover tiny file Behind Bars The Definitive Guide to Music Notation. Composed by Elaine Gould. Book; Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General. Faber Edition. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571514561).
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Essential Dictionary of Music Notation The most practical and concise source for music notation. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General. Essential Dictionary Series. Reference. Reference book. With introductory text, instructional text and musical examples. 352 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.16638).
Cover tiny file Guide to Standardized Drumset Notation Percussion. Percussive Arts Society #0966492811. Published by Percussive Arts Society (HL.6620063).
The Art of Music Copying by Clinton Roemer (out of print, but available used)



Recommended Books for Arranging

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Sounds and Scores Composed by Henry Mancini. Artist/Personality; Reference Textbooks; Textbook - Instrumental. Book & CD. 256 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.P0732SMXCD).
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Inside The Score (Book & CD) Composing/Arranging Book. A Detailed Analysis of 8 Classic Jazz Ensemble Charts by Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer. Instructional, Jazz and Big Band. Instructional book and examples CD. 191 pages. Published by Kendor Music Inc (KN.20870).
The Complete Arranger by Sammy Nestico


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Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble Berklee Methods. Softcover with CD. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449528).
Modern Arranging Technique by Gordon Delamont (out of print, usually available used)


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The Contemporary Arranger Composed by Don Sebesky. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General. Book & CD. 252 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.1427).
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Modern Jazz Voicings Arranging for Small and Medium Ensembles. Berklee Guide. Softcover Audio Online. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449485).
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Reharmonization Techniques Berklee Methods. Softcover. 192 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449496).
Cover tiny file The Professional Arranger Composer - Book 1 by Russell Garcia. Criterion. Softcover. Published by Criterion (HL.4020).
Cover tiny file Neue Jazz-Harmonielehre Book/CD (German Text). Composed by Frank Sikora. Schott Pro Line. Book with 2 CDs. 608 pages. Schott Music #SPL1032. Published by Schott Music (HL.49016270).
In German language.
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The Jazz Theory Book This edition: spiral-bound. The most comprehensive Jazz Theory book ever published! Theory and Jazz. Instructional book (spiral bound). With instructional text, musical examples and black & white photos. 522 pages. Published by Sher Music Company (SR.JTB).
Theory of Harmony by Arnold Schoenberg



Recommended Books for Orchestration

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Essential Dictionary of Orchestration The most practical and comprehensive resource for composers, arrangers & orchestrators. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General. Essential Dictionary Series. Reference. Reference book (pocket size). With introductory text, instructional text and musical examples. 352 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.17894).
Cover tiny file Orchestration With 23 Illustrations and 296 Music Examples. Composed by Cecil Forsyth. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - Instrumental. Dover Edition. Book. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-243834).
Cover tiny file Principles of Orchestration Composed by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908). Masterworks; Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General. Dover Edition. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Book. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-212661).
The Study of Orchestration by Samuel Adler (Fourth Edition)


Instrumentation and Orchestration by Hector Berlioz, revised and enlarged by Richard Strauss.
(Free E-Book)


Cover tiny file The History of Orchestration Composed by Adam Carse. Textbook - Instrumental. Dover Edition. Book. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-212580).

Recommended Books for MIDI Orchestration

Das digitale Orchester by Mike Novy (in German language)



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