• Selected as one of the significant pedagogical collections of the 20th Century,
by Piano & Keyboard magazines millennium issue.
• With illustrations by John Trotta, Portraits won a1986 Paul Revere
award for graphic excellence.
• "Lampkin accurately refers to his collections of pieces as contemporary
sound pictures. Students will love exploring pieces like The Hatching
Egg in Book 2, or the mini-melodrama, complete with hero, heroine,
and chase in Book 3. The works are imaginative and stimulating,
with writing that is technically and musically accessible…and will
expose students to wonderful, programmatic sounds and possibilities.
The series is a welcome addition to beginning and intermediate explorations
at the piano."
–Clavier, January, 1987
• "…This series is a complete success!"
–Piano Quarterly, Fall 1986