Arthur Dobrucki | The Darkness and The Light

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The Darkness and The Light

by Arthur Dobrucki

"New Classical" piano compositions and improvisations continue the solo piano tradition for the 21st century.
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1. Prelude in C-sharp minor
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2. Window
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3. Prelude in C major
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4. Prelude in C minor
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5. Prelude in D major
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6. Prelude in D minor
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7. Prelude in A-flat major
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8. Prelude in G-sharp minor
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9. Minuet in D major
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10. Minuet in D minor
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11. Waltz #2 in G major
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12. Darkness
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13. In the shade of heaven
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14. Hymn for a new day
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15. Ever after
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16. Window (reprise)
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“The Darkness and The Light” features music that touches the heart, soul and mind.

In Arthur Dobrucki’s debut recording for Azure Hills Music, 16 original works showcase an eclectic blend of written compositions and free improvisations. A new voice in the solo piano tradition bridges the past into the present through creative, expressive, and mystical piano works.

Tracks from the “The Darkness and The Light” have been featured on Top 20 track lists of the following radio stations and programs:

Whisperings Solo Piano Radio
Galaxie CBC Digital Radio - Radio Canada
WVKR-FM Secret Music

Arthur Dobrucki developed his craft as a pianist with Spanish concert pianist Mariblanca de Pujadas who herself studied with Sergei Tarnowsky (teacher of Vladimir Horowitz) and Adele Marcus (pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel). As a composer, he has developed a unique style that follows in the footsteps of classical composers while integrating contemporary influences and improvisation within his works.

His keyboard work has been heard for over 20 years in Southern California. His performances have ranged from solo piano and chamber music classical performances, to musical theater including the Magnificant Moorpark Melodrama and Vaudeville Company, and over 500 performances in the 1980s with the rock band Dorian which was a local fixture on the Los Angeles club scene.

Today, Arthur Dobrucki is resident pianist and organist at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Simi Valley, California and continues to be active writing new works for solo piano.

Additional information, including free monthly mp3 performances, is available at www.azurehillsmusic.com.

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Ronald FEUER

loved his Waltz #2 in G major, but entire CD lacked the same quality
I heard his Waltz #2 in G major on the radio and fell in love with the sound. Consequently, I bought the CD, but found that the rest of the CD lacked the same quality of rhythm and sound. I like the CD, but still I am much more attracted to his Waltz #2 in G major.
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Patti Sherwood

Wonderful. Peaceful and yet stimulating.
The title theme of Darkness is very powerfull - and the follow up resolutions of In The Shade of Heaven and Hymn for a New Day - are full of hope and very uplifting. The minuets and waltz make me smile - like candy for the ears.
The recurring Window is like opening a view to all that makes up the rest. It's just very enjoyable!
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Kathy Parsons

An impressive debut!
”The Darkness and The Light” is pianist/composer Arthur Dobrucki’s debut album. Classically-trained from an early age, and active in the Southern California music community for more than twenty years, Dobrucki incorporates classical and contemporary stylings along with improvisation, keeping the general tone of the album classical. Of the sixteen piano solos, seven are preludes in various keys, two are minuets, and one is a waltz. The music is complex and very interesting, and there is quite a variety in the pieces, allowing us to experience several aspects of this composer’s style and sensibility.

The CD opens with “Prelude in C-sharp minor,” a gentle piece with a beautiful flowing quality. Some of the preludes have an updated Baroque feeling, as do the minuets, while others are more contemporary - “Prelude in C minor” has a bit of both, but is mostly a lovely, somewhat introspective piece. “Prelude in D major” is a 59-second bit of carefree sunshine. “Prelude in D minor” is one of my favorites. Full of longing, the melody is melancholy and wistful, and the flowing left hand enhances the mood. As usual, I seem to prefer the minor key pieces, and that includes “Prelude in G-sharp minor,” which is dark and brooding. One hand is arpeggiated in the treble clef while the melody travels from treble to bass clef and back - very effective. “Waltz #2 in G major” is light and joyful, almost dancing out of the CD player. And then we’re plunged into fourteen minutes of “Darkness,” an improvisation that took shape as it was being recorded. Much of this piece is played in the lower registers of the piano with occasional sparks of light in the high end. Some sections have an agitated energy, while others are more placid. Abstract and spontaneous, this is a very intense piece that is quite different from the other selections on the CD. I hear new things each time I listen to it. “Hymn For a New Day” has more of an upbeat gospel feel. “Ever After” and “Window” are also studio improvisations, and are much calmer and more peaceful than “Darkness.”

“The Darkness and The Light” is a fascinating first-album, and is a great choice for those who prefer their piano music on the classical side.
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Bill Edwards


This is a beautiful CD and I highly recommend it. The original music is obviously created by a very talented pianist and composer. Again, I highly recommend it. Bill Edwards
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