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Zappa for Beginners

Article © 2020 by Emiel F.A.J. Stöpler 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, which many people considered risqué or offensive, others thought of him as a musical genius. I first heard about Zappa in 1987 in […]

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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 to deal with, though there are a few things that […]

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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. We also made a new YouTube recording with BLEND. BLEND consists of flute, clarinet, acoustic guitar and double bass and because we haven’t been able to rehearse in real life, we made–as […]

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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 addresses this issue. It evokes scenes of serene beautiful nature, contrasted with environmental pollution and climate disaster in a musical composition […]

Piano Vitamins Videos Up

As of Sunday, June 30th 2019, we’ve posted new solo piano videos on YouTube in the series Piano Vitamins: Dutch pianist Micha Wink is at the piano, playing twelve of my compositions. The style is filmic and the pieces express a variety of moods and scenes, from more instrospective and silent, to extraverted and joyous […]

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. We made sound and video recordings of Dutch piano player Micha Wink and I’m currently […]

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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 suffered as a POW in a Japanese camp. As the […]