I am looking for a path of self-taught books for western music compositions. For instance I know there are many subjects like harmony, counterpoint, forms, orchestration, etc. But there are many books available for each subject and I don't know where to start. Can anyone provide me with a proper path, if there is any?
Which subject should be learnt in the first few steps and which book is the best practical choice for that? (by "practical" I mean it's not a 2000-page book containing all the history behind the rules)
EDIT: I am mostly interested in Classical composition. But my other favorites are Flamenco and Jazz.
I assume for flamenco I have to go through a totally different path but I believe learning the fundamentals of classical composition is the safe start for composing in other types of (rich) musics as well.