composition books

Every composer needs a sketchbook with great staves. I love the PASSANTINO no. 74. Click the image to get this sketchbook on Amazon.

There is also the trusty Hal Leonard 12-staff manuscript book:

I also hear moleskin has some nice manuscript books. These portable “pocket” books (3.3 x 5.5 in) are great for taking to concerts:

or the larger versions (5 x 8.25 in), even thought the Amazon image is ironically smaller:

For the film scorer: a practical guide about technique, steps, and business:

A favorite composer of mine. Regardless of how you feel about Arnold Schoenberg, his ability to communicate compositional ideas is timeless: