With the biography of P. Tchaikovsky in the background, the author describes the circumstances of the creation of the overture Romeo and Juliet. Then he briefly analyses the composition itself and describes its character.
AfiliacjaCardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw Polska
Prof. Dr Hab. Czesław Grajewski, (b. 1960), in 1986 graduated cum laude in Musicology from the Warsaw Theological Academy (now Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University). The supervisor of his MA was Fr. Prof. Dr. Hab. Jerzy Pikulik. In 1995 he earned his doctorate upon completing the dissertation Antyfonarz gnieźnieński ms. 94-97 w świetle tradycji polskiej i ogólnoeuropejskiej (Gniezno Antiphonary ms. 94-97 in light of Polish and pan-European tradition; supervisor: Fr. Prof. Dr. Hab. Jerzy Pikulik). In 2001 he was employed by his Alma Mater, until 2004 being a lecturer of practical subjects at the Faculty of Historical and Social Sciences. In 2005 he earned his post-doctoral degree on the basis of the dissertation Formuły dyferencyjne psalmodii brewiarzowej w źródłach polskich (Differential formulae of breviary psalms in Polish written records) and got successively promoted: 2006-2007 he was assistant professor in the Department of Old Music Sources and Analyses, in 2006-2014 headed the Department. Between 2007 and 2015 he led the Specialty of Theoretical and Applied Musicology at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University. In 2015 he earned the professorial title in the humanities and now is a faculty member of the Department of Old Art in the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Institute of Art History.
His research focuses on the sources of Polish medieval antiphonaries, European tonary missals and selected issues of contemporary Polish sacred music. He is also an active church musician.