New Piano Recordings

Last Wednesday, May 1st 2019, we recorded 13 of my intermediate piano pieces. This is a little project I've been working on for several years: writing filmic piano pieces, that vary in character from cheerful to more introspective and thoughtful.…
The railway man - book, movie
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The Railway Man

I recently watched a movie called The Railway Man (2013) on a Dutch commercial TV station. I recognized the actors, so I thought it might be interesting and continued to watch, but was sort of put off by the violence and torture the main character…
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Tire Pressure

Before I got up that day, I’d had a bad dream and I woke up feeling gloomy and irritated. Nevertheless, I began my daily activities, in spite of my dejection. That afternoon, I went grocery shopping in the nearby town of Wijhe (The Netherlands),…
The Raft documentary
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An Unknown Success - documentary review

I recently saw an interesting documentary called The Raft through the Dutch documentary channel 2 DOC https://2doc.nl. The Raft tells the story of a scientific experiment from 1973 that looked into human violence, conflict and sexual attraction,…
victor wooten - the music lesson - book
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"The Music Lesson" - book review

Recently, I heard of the book The Music Lesson (Penguin Putnam Inc, 2008), written by Victor Wooten. It tells of the rather mystical and dreamlike journey world class bassist Victor Wooten has taken as a young man, while struggling to…

Film music for Etty

In 2017, the film Etty was released. It is based on the theatre play of Dutch actress Margreet Blanken, who created this solo performance based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum (1914 - 1943). On the website of the Etty Hillesum Research Centre,…

Documentary “Kiss the Joy - the story of Joan Lind Van Blom”

I'm proud to say that a guitar tune of mine called "Stargazing" has been used in the documentary “Kiss the Joy - the story of Joan Lind Van Blom” by director Jean Strauss. She mailed me: The film did very well in its launch at the Newport…

A Classical Page Turner Resume

(Klik hier voor dit artikel in het Nederlands.) The fact that page turners can make it to great heights is illustrated by the humerous resume below. (By page turners I mean: the people who sit beside a pianist during a concert and turn the…

Considering The Circumstances

By Emiel F.A.J. Stöpler Person A: Hi, long time no see! How are you? Person B: Hi! Yeah, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well considering the circumstances, I’m not doing so great… Person A: Really? How come? Person B: Well, I just…
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Daily Reminder

By Emiel F.A.J. Stöpler I have to remind myself Each and every day To take that risk And find my way We’re often told to live safely And keep our dreams small But never taking risks Is the biggest risk of all I ask myself…