Entries by Emiel Stöpler

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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 in 2004, also addresses this issue. It evokes scenes of serene beautiful nature, contrasted with environmental pollution and climate disaster in a musical composition to trigger […]

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 […]

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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), after which I drove to the gas station, about five miles […]

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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, and what it takes to reach a state of peace. Eleven subjects – six women and five men […]

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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 make a living as a musician. The author felt stuck as a musician and wasn’t getting […]

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, the diaries are described as follows: “In the diaries, one can clearly […]