The name of the musical compositor, Pavel Hrubeš, has been appearing in the titles of TV programmes and broadcasting theme tunes since 1983, when – after terminating his university studies and a year military service in Vít Nejedlý’s Army Artistic Band – he started to work as a keyboard player in the band Renesance Beatings (“Jedna chuť, jedna vůně” (One taste, one smell), “U všeho jsem já” (I am at everything), “Pár stránek v zápisnících” (Few pages in notepads), “Zavolej” (Call). At this time, the first song records were made, but mainly he made compositions for film and TV programmes (co-operation with Krátký film, Merkur studio and ČST news bulleting).
After those several-year-activities in different bands (e.g. Karamel), Pavel Hrubeš decided to dedicate himself only to composing activities and later also to external musical and director’s work that he understood as valuable experience for his own musical performance. During several years after that, he composed some songs released on LPs in Supraphon. The most successful titles: “Stále zasněná” (Still moony), “Nezapomeň” (Do not forget) (by Pavel Roth), “Neznámý nápadník” (Unknown swain) (by M.Linková), “Nezlob se, že zpívám country” (Do not be angry that I am singing country) (by V. Tučný), “Nesmělý přítel” (Shy friend), “Hádej kdo řídí tvůj vůz” (Guess who is driving your car), “Obraz v rámu času” (Picture in the framework of time) (by Karamel), “Kdo má rád” (Who loves) (by N.Urbánková), “Zelená řeka” (Green river), “Já jen sčítám” (In am just adding up), “To bylo tenkrát v Ontariu” (Then it was in Ontario), “Já mám rád knedlíky” (I like dumplings) (by Drobek a Klondajk), “Balada pro Aničku” (Ballad for little Ann) (by P. Dopita), “Karmínová růže” (Carmine rose) (by M.Malá). He even won the prize “Děčínská kotva” (The Anchor Of Děčín) in 1987 with the song “Kdekdo zná tě líp” (sung by P. Černocká and J. Štědroň).
Since 1990, he has been concentrating on film, soundtrack and promotional sons and numerous theme tunes for different programmes. He won the competition for composing the theme tune for the Figure Skating World Championship in 1994. He composed music for entertaining programmes called “Tutovka” (A safe bet), “Videostop”, “Pexeso”, “Rexeso” (on TV Prima) and for two years of the international TV competition “Hry bez hranic” (Games with no frontiers) (which was highly estimated by the international jury and delegations from Italy and Wales). Pavel Hrubeš’s music got into subconscious of many people thanks to melodic theme tunes for different programmes, e.g. “Pomozte dětem-kuře” (Help the children – a chick), “Objektiv” (Objective), “Echo”, “FKU pátrá” (Federal Criminal Central Office is searching), “Studio Rosa”, “Volejte učiteli” (Call the teacher), “Sportovci roku” (Sportsmen of the year), “Salon český” (Czech saloon), “Svět očima Hanzelky a Zikmunda” (The world by Hanzelka’s and Zikmund’s eyesight), “Tykadlo” (Antenna), “Vyrobeno v K.F.” (Made in K.F.), “Golf”, “Paralympijský magazín” (Paralympic Games’ magazine), “Televizní klub neslyšících” (TV club for the deaf), “Lovci osobností” (Hunters of personalities), etc. Pavel Hrubeš dedicated a part of his production to programmes for children, namely to fairy tales – e.g. “Král který rád hrál” (King who liked playing), “Student Vilém” (Student Vilém), “Tři dary lásky” (Three gifts of love), “Vápenička” (Lime girl), “Neklejte princi” (Do not blaspheme, Prince), “O sochaři Pygmalionovi” (About the sculptor Pygmalion) – to children’s series - “Proto pozor, proto bacha” (That’s why pay attention) with a very impressive pivotal song (by Jitka Molavcová and Zora Jandová)
Pavel Hrubeš’s music was not missing in documentary series “Potomci slavných” (The well-known people’s offspring), “Z letopisů Máselné lhoty” (From Máselná Lhota’s chronicle), “Z rodu Přemyslovců, Jagelonců, Lucemburků” (From the family of the Premislides, Jagellos, Luxembourg). He composed music for a well-known photographer, Jadran Šetlík and his exposition of pictures with personalities, where every picture had its own music (a so-called “playing picture”). For Víta Olmera, director of photography, he wrote music for his full-length film “Waterloo po česku” (Waterloo ala Czech) and his song retro for the film “Tuláci” (Tramps).
Pavel Hrubeš co-operates with Petr Burian, director of photography, creating the series of the crowd-pleaser Petr Novotný called “Nemlaskat, prosím” (Do not eat loudly, please) to be broadcast later. Thanks to high musical and technical quality, Pavel Hrubeš’s recordings started to appear on selective CDs of the Music Library Sonoton Fontana and thus they penetrated the whole world where there are successfully sold and reproduced (mostly in Hong Kong, Japan, Denmark, Italy and lately also in the USA).
He composed music for Vít Olmer´s feature film Waterloo po Česku, for the retro song movie Tuláci, for the production Modrý kámen and for fairytale movies O vodníkovi Jakubovi, Sůva z nudlí and Tajemství ďáblova chřtánu. He cooperated with Petr Burian in the production of a knowledge quiz for the youth, called Případy detektiva Packala, which was broadcast on the Czech television.
He regularly participates in the production of a current affairs programme Černé ovce together with the directors Sanjin Mirič and František Kolbel.
In 2010 he composed as well as recorded a cycle called Miniatures for Organ, a collection of organ works, recorded on the classical Czech whistle tool. (Published by Studio Fontána 2010)
Since 2003 he has published 60 original CDs, containing film music of various types which can be used widely.
In 2011 he was declared an MDA Ride Czech republic personality for his organizational as well as financial help to charity dealing with people affected by muscular dystrophy.
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the formation of the Czech Republic, the Association of copyright protection published a list of sketches of the twenty most successful and most often broadcast composers of the last twenty years. Pavel Hrubeš appeared among such names as Josef Suk, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Zdeněk Liška, Ondřej Soukup, Karel Svoboda or Petr Hapka. (source: www.osa.cz, Author In – winter 2013).
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