Richard Stoltzman has collected twenty-four of his favorite short pieces and encores in assembling the contents of this wonderful book. Representing selections from many of his popular recordings, the Songbook draws on the variety of styles that Stoltzman has made his own. Classical, Jazz and popular music are represented and the selection will please his numerous clarinet playing fans since it covers many of the most often requested items from his vast repertoire. Songs by Bill Douglas, Duke Ellington, Richard Rogers and Cole Porter are included as well as The Three Preludes for Piano by George Gershwin, arranged for Clarinet and Piano by Jay Gach. Classical selections include familiar music by J.S. Bach (Siciliano, Air, Largo from Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra, BWV1056), Mozart, Fauré and Saint-Saëns, and Mr. Stoltzman’s brilliant transcription of the Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss. For clarinetists and all lovers of Richard Stoltzman’s artistry, this is an essential collection to own and play from.