Entries by Emiel Stöpler

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Starting out on classical guitar

In 1988-1989, I attended Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids Michigan, USA. In that same year, I decided to take my first guitar lessons. I was apprehensive: wasn’t I too old to learn an instrument? And also: I had tried to learn instruments before, like the drums, the clarinet and the recorder and, although […]


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 […]


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 […]


“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” because the music had some spunk to it. Enjoy! ~ Emiel


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 […]