Entries by Emiel Stöpler

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


“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 […]

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 pages of the sheet music, so the pianist can continue playing […]

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 made a promotion in my job, I got a nice big house […]