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Zappa for Beginners

Article © 2020 by Emiel F.A.J. Stöpler By Helge Øverås - Own work, CC BY 2.5 The American composer and rock musician Frank Zappa lived from 1940 to 1993. In his day he was considered controversial because of his satirical songs,…
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Dealing with Criticism in Music

While I was studying classical guitar and composition at the conservatory, I not only learned how to play the guitar well and write music, but I also received a lot of criticism for my work from some of my teachers. I found this extremely difficult…
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New music recordings!

I'm proud to announce a new crossover guitar recording on SoundCloud called Nightcap. I just finished writing the composition a few weeks ago. https://soundcloud.com/emielstopler/guitar-vitamins-nightcap We also made a new YouTube recording…
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“The Warrior” for acoustic guitar

Around 2002 or 2003, I wrote a piece that I have now called "The Warrior". It took me many years of practice to master my own piece, especially the right hand coordination when performing the percussive parts. I thought to call it "The Warrior"…
Zwolle 1924
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“Back in the Day” on fingerstyle guitar

Back in the winter of 2015/2016, I saw an ad on the internet from two filmmakers were looking for original music for their film project that used old black and white footage of the Dutch city of Rotterdam. I envisioned all sorts of music inspired…
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The Future of Progress?

Worldwide, millions of people are showing their concern for climate change and are demanding a sustainable future in the #fridaysforfuture demonstrations. My orchestral work "The Future of Progress?", written between 2004 and 2019, also…

Piano Vitamins Videos Up

As of Sunday, June 30th 2019, we've posted new solo piano videos on YouTube in the series Piano Vitamins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCc8fB0fjkLyMAtHQlXoFdSbMCuAqE9d2 Dutch pianist Micha Wink is at the piano, playing twelve…
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Open Mike at De Vorstin in Hilversum, The Netherlands

https://youtu.be/66Q3AWGroAA Live performance of "De trein stopt in Herxen". I felt well-rested when I woke at 9:30 AM that Sunday morning. I had a little over an hour and a half to get ready, for I had to leave at 11:10 AM to catch the…

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…