Daniel Philipp Stotz

The Art of Composing

Starting with improvisations and compositions very early I have now many pieces in very different styles - from Baroque until Worldmusic, Tango, film music. Most of the music are pieces for piano but also a lot with orchestra or synthesizers. In 2010 I composed my first piano concerto „The Blacksmith“.  From the more than 2000 pieces are now available round 400 pages. I made film music for at least 100 short films and one long film so far. I am a Sibelius professional user since 10 years - several hundreds of scores! Most are piano pieces but also works for orchestra, choir, clarinet, trios etc.  See Toccata and Fugue C-Major demo on YouTube Meditation (piece for piano):
India (Worldmusic for film)
Litomyšl (piano piece 2017)
Scores available at Supernoty.cz (except the piano concerto and*): Good Wishes for Japan 2011 Wonderful Tokyo new 2017 Jaro (an den Frühling) 2019 Jazz piece * 3 EUR Ladislav Rieger (to the 200. birthday) - 6 pages, only here for 15 EUR* Svatý Václav - orginal film music for the silent movie 2018, 2 pages* Geduld, 5 movements with tripple Fugue („Round Midnight-theme“) 18 pages,  available only here directly for 15 EUR!* see demo video 24 Miniaturen, cyclus dedicated to Andrea Komárková with 24 pieces from Gregorian choral till Jazz To Rudolf Kehrer - at the honor to Prof. Rudolf Kehrer To Václav Havel - at the honor to president Václav Havel Kontemplation, 2018, 1 page - only here available for 3 EUR* Tibet Up Tango Variations b-minor Then they don‘t know what they are doing Fuga h-minor, dedicated to Aki Kawazoe Toccata and Fugue C-Major - also on Youtube - very difficult to play Litomyšl (2017) Liberec (2017) Besinnung Andante Saludo a-minor 2013 Presto b-minor - see video with Aki Kawazoe see above - very difficult Two etudes op. 106 Maitreya Prelude op. 68 dedicated to Vladyslav Sendecki Presto Paris 2015 Prelude op. 90 Unor Verständnis und Frieden Meditation Insel Mira Essence Srdce Au Revoir, dedicated to Lopon Tsetchu Rinpoche I remember 2001 - marche funebre. Bangen and Bangen 2 Kveten (for children) Riva (for children) Piano Concerto c-minor the Blacksmith, 3 movements, 92 pages*
picture by Christian Hürner

Film music

As we made our own films from the age of 13 we also composed our own film music. I have now many pieces that are ideal as music for films. Our film music was used for more than 100 short films for TV-productions and also one long film. The composing from the scratch for a new film needs very much time so it is often more easy to adapt a film to the music that is already finished. In that way some of the best known films of Sergio Leone with the music of the fantastic master Enio Morricone were done. Also the film 2001 from Stanley Kubrick who used a lot of classical music from Richard and Johann Strauss, Ligeti etc.. Now my film music is available at SOUNDSGATE.COM. If you want a special music for your film - I can compose special new music but please no Low- or No-budget requests - if you appreciate the art of the music.
New 4
Space Esmoll
picture by Christian Hürner
Beatstep 20

Film script for sale!

big ethical science fiction movie

price on request ev. co-production

Composing courses again

For interested people I can share my knowledge of 50 years composing for individuals or in groups up to 10 people here in the Czech Republic or your town. For advanced students it would be also possible to join a course over internet. Conditions: You should be able to play an instrument and read score - advantage is to have a score program (f.e. Sibelius or Dorico etc.). Prices on request please ask.
 mobil phone 00420 / 776 817 258
 e-mail: Daniel.Stotz@seznam.cz
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is one of the most difficult composer to understand (in the sense  of composing!). As I recorded the entire Well Tempered Clavier (vol 1 and 2) and the Art of the fugue I saw some part of his development. In the Art of the fugue (one of his latest work) is everything coming to the highest point of rhythm and counterpoint and melodies. At the same time you hear the melodies and the rhythm coming together. That meens it is a perfection of horizontal and vertical lines! I cannot describe it, I would have to show it... Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) also a great master of the fugues and great spiritual works like the Messias. The influence on Beethoven is much greater than I thought before. He must have studied Handel a lot because in the 9. symphony you may hear a lot of similarities to Handels late works. The fugues are much more in the style of Handel than of Bach. This I could again show you on the piano... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) He was very impressed of the sons of Bach as he met them. Incredible how much works he composed in his short life. For me most significant are his operas. They are the sum of all his ideas. One of my favorite is Don Giovanni. The influence of Mozart was very big on many composers: Haydn (!)Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn and of course almost all opera composers. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) - music and high ethics. If you study the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven you may see his great development. He studied Mozart, Haydn but already early he went his own way. His kind how he uses the melodies and rhythm and the pauses is very very unique. His late works integrating more and more fugues again. His influence you can feel till today. Maybe very direct you may hear it in Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak and many more. Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was a big admirer of Beethoven and you can see many pieces that are directly influenced of pieces of Beethoven. His left hand is often very unique and difficult to play. His Wanderer Fantasie was for Ferenc Liszt of big importance f.e. for his sonata b-minor. Liszt was also the first who transcribed his works (f.e. the Lied Erlkönig). Also Brahms took a lot of inspiration from Schubert . Ferenc Liszt (1811 - 1886) was one of the most productive piano composer ever. His ideas HOW to set the notes on the piano influenced many composers. Tschaikowsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Debussy... Liszt is a great source to get new ideas. Take for instance the Rigoletto paraphrase, La Campanella etude, the 12 Etudes Transcandente, the Piano Concerte in E-flat Major, the Hungarian Rhapsodies... Some of his late works were already Impressionism and he even composed a Prelude without tonality long before Schoenberg or Webern. Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) - a rebel against traditions. He went a completely new way with new tonality. I think today his way of composing could be show the future. The melodies, harmonics coming from another world. His influence from Liszt is sure mainly technically but the melodies, rhythm, harmonies are completely new. His influence on Jazz is important. See his preludes, etudes, l′isle joyeuse... Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) coming also from the technic of Liszt, Debussy but went his own way to combine also Spanish melodies and rhythm (f.e. Bolero). In his master pieces (f.e. Gaspard de la nuit, Mirroir) he showed new piano techniques on the highest level. I took also big inspiration with the Gaspard in my Toccata in C-major (finale). Ravel was also great influence to his admirer George Gershwin. In Sergej Rachmaninoff′s (1873 - 1943) works you get again great inspiration. His music is often much more deep than you think. One of my favorite compositions are the preludes op. 32. Some are almost unplayable because you need very big hands (no. 13) but the ideas are great. In the Etudes Tableaux there are again a lot of new ideas and some are very near to Prokoview (even if Rachmaninoff did not liked him). Great influence (technically) had also Rachmaninoff to the great Jazz Master Art Tatum (1909 - 1956). Complete unique technic and complex rehamornisation of the Jazz standards. Maybe the greatest (Jazz) piano player till today - try to play his transcriptions! Frederique Chopin (1810 - 1849)  has also a wide influence till todays Jazz players. As piano player I would say that his music is even more difficult to play than Liszt because his melodies often lies not so good on the piano and it is more delicate to play. The harmonic structures are very complex in his late works. F.e. the Barcarole. In the Sonata in b-flat minor, last movement Presto, you can see how far Chopin was, this piece is almost completly atonal. Alexander Scriabin′s (1872 - 1915) works starting under strong influence of Chopin but later he developed a very unique style and harmonic strucure. His late style is very difficult to understand (and to play too!) but contains great ideas. His music contains also a lot of POLYPHONIC elements. This aspect is not much known but if you study this works you may see the independes of the voices. Technically very interesting are his etudes op. 8 and 42 (specially no. 5) many great ideas and of course his Sonatas, Preludes. Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) again is completely unique in his way to set the notes on the piano. Very diffucult to play and needs a lot of power. Great ideas f.e. in his Symfonique Etudes, Carnaval, Kreisleriana, the piano concerto a-minor, the sonatas, the Paganini Etudes. Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), a friend of Schumann went his own way coming from Beethoven, Schubert, Bach. He had a complete special way to compose. Again his left hand is very difficult. His works are very deep and not easy to understand and play (his late works f.e. op. 119). Absolutely unique are also the piano concertos d-minor and my favorite B-Major. For sure one of the most difficult because it is so long and has in every movement so many difficulties. It influenced my style of composing a lot. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847) was a great admirer of J.S. Bach and he was also the first, who performed again the Mathaues Passion after 85 years! His composing style is somehting between Mozart and Schubert and the last movement of my piano concerto is strongly influenced by him. Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928) coming from Schumann, Debussy but integrated the folk music of Moravia and Czech to his very own style. In his Lieder he created maybe some of the most beautiful songs after Schubert. Also his operas are great Inspiration for composing. Study In the Mist, the sonata.. Max Reger (1873 - 1916) he continued the composing style of J.S. Bach but with even more virtuos ambitions. His music is not easy to listen and understand and some of his pieces are almost unpleayble. Some of my favorite pieces are the variations on a theme of Bach op. 81 and the 6 Preludes and fugues Op. 99. Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) coming from Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini but soon developed his own very characteristic style. Highly dramatic with a fantastic sense of rhythm and melodies. See also the Rigoletto Paraphrase from Liszt. His melodies are again a great source for composing variations. Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924) very influenced by Verdi. But more and more he developped his own style by using exotic scales and melodies. In one of his master works Turandot combines original Chinese melodies with western rhythm to an extraorinary fantastic style. George Bizet (1838 - 1875) was not only one of the greatest composers for opera but also a very gifted piano player. His melodies has so much fire and rhythm that you get thousands of inspirations just hearing his music, f.e. Carmen, Les pêcheurs de perles, his piano works... Sergei Prokofjew (1891 - 1953) Was also a revolutionary composer who used a lot of dissonant chords to often tonal melodies with brilliant rhythm. He was at the beginning very anti-romantic. His motoric style influenced a lot of composers till today. I like very much his piano concertos (specially no. 3), the piano sonatas (6, 7) and his operas. Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911) Fantastic symphonic compositions - masterpieces in instrumentation. Great inspiration also for film music. Isaac Albeniz (1860 - 1909) A fantastic piano player (Liszt was amazed by his playing) and composer who created very unique works with original Spanish melodies and rhythm. World known is his "Asturias" piece from Suite española op. 47 mostly played as transcription for guitar. But this music is so fantastic it sounds also on other instruments great (the original is the piano version). Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959) He was a very interesting composer who wrote a lot of very fine works also for piano.  Also influenced by Czech and Moravian folk songs but combinded elements from Strawinsky, Ravel, Debussy and Jazz. If you have to play a composer of the 20th century he is a very good alternative to the horrible 12 tone nonsense**  Clear melodies but often complex rhythms and difficult to play. Fortunately he is now much more often played than before. Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Fantastic music - combination of Strawinsky, Boulanger, Ravel ect. with Tango to a new style. Very expresive music! Bela Bartok (1881 - 1945) Very unique music. He studied a lot folk music in different countries. Rhytmically and melodically very special. Listen to the Microcosmos, the piano concertos, string quartets… Györgi Ligeti (1923 - 2006) Revolution in music. Tone clusters - sounds, no melodies, no rhytms, but fantastic for film music - see Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001. In my very early recordings I experimented with this technic. Maybe I will try to do some works again in the future - if I find some sponsors! Ennio Morricone (1928) - Sure one of the greatest (film) music composers of our times! He combined many different styles (from baroque till Rock music) to his great own style. He is also a master of orchestration. Beautiful music!!!  ** The only 12-tone work I know that I really like very much is the violin concerto of Alban Berg. Why? Because THIS concert really expresses something, it is not only the stupid dogma of the 12 tone matrix. Berg just could not express in a tonal way, he was too sad. The 12 tone-rules are like if you would order to a painter that all colors and forms must be the same amout on a picture. But it would nothing express by itself. Same thing also with Serialism - it is even one more stupid dogma with the rhytm. But at the end the only important thing is the result: the final composition. If you listen to this music most sounds just horrible (“ugly music“, of course it is a matter of taste, too) and nobody wants this music at a funeral! Its just music for the critics. The score looks impresive and difficult. It is possible to compose in a atonal way - but then it has to be sincerly express someting special - like the last movement of Chopins b-flat minor sonata. This was composed about 1840!!! And also have a look to Liszt‘s late works! He composed a Bagatelle without tonality 1885! Fortunately in the 20 century also started Jazz and many composers took also influence in this great music like Ravel, Stravinsky, Martinů and others.  And finally the world discovered the folk music again - now called WORLDMUSIC which is getting more and more popular!
Composers of the past - my teachers and inspiration