Monika Karwaszewska and Beata Oryl

Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Poland;;


A contemporary work of art that has multiple interpretations may also have hidden meanings and senses that are revealed in a new artifact that has been created by reading its artistic content. The essence of interpretation in such a case becomes the search for narrative threads between the content of the work itself and its formal assumptions. However, it is not only the musical material, the structure of the work, the extra-musical program, or the title that determines its aesthetic and meaningful qualities. 

The subject of the analysis will be a contemporary musical composition Satin for cello and accordion by Aleksander Nowak, whose title evokes extra-musical associations and whose meaning is hidden in the music itself. As a result of the inspiration of this work and its interpretations, which take place at the emotional and symbolic level, a translation of the means, artistic practices that identify the musical composition and the techniques of their transmission into the means of other works of art was made: audiovisual (animation) and choreographic works. That which exists above the medium allows making translations or transfers of content and artistic means from one medium to another with narration. Such activities are characterized by transmediality. Transmedial phenomena can occur at the level of content, they can be formal treatments present in different media (narrativity) or the aesthetics and stylistics of a particular historical period. The essence of a transmedia phenomenon is that there is no clear source of the event; the medium from which the phenomenon originates is either irrelevant or impossible to determine (in this case satin fabric). The phenomenon of the interpenetration of meta-artistic texts being a reflection of a non-verbal (musical) text in a non-verbal medium (dance, film, visual) is an example of artistic inphrasis. Thus, the essence of inphrasis becomes the subjective exegesis of the content of a musical work with a metaphorical title by the choreographer and visual artist, and this process of transformation of one code into another takes place in symbolic space. The aim of the presentation will be to discuss the translation of artistic means and content contained in Aleksander Nowak’s work, including the supplementation of content that is not present in this musical work (emotional and aesthetic categories related to the title) into the means of audiovisual and choreographic composition, and the presentation of the artistic result, that was created as a result of the transmedialisation process.

Keywords: Intermediality; Artistic Inphrasis; Music Choreography; Transmediality.


Monika Karwaszewska Polish music theorist, associate professor at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, and editor-in-chief of the Academy’s Publishing House. She is a member of the international editorial team of scientific journals published. In 2013 she was granted a doctoral degree in musical arts from the Academy of Music in Cracow, in 2019 habilitated doctoral degree of art at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wroclaw. She is a member of the Musicologists’ Section of the Polish Composers’ Union and the Association of Polish Artists Musicians. She is the author of the monograph Andrzej Dobrowolski. The Music of Pure Form. Her scientific interest lies in the theory of music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including intermedia and intertextual methodologies. She publishes articles in monographs and scientific journals and is a recipient of the Bronze Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland for services to Polish culture.

Beata Oryl graduated at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, specializing in Rhythmics. Currently employed at her alma mater as a research and teaching worker at the Department of Piano Rhythmics and Improvisation at the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Church Music, Artistic Education, Rhythmics and Jazz. In her activities, she focuses on the relationship between music and movement, looking for various forms of artistic expression, using elements of contemporary dance techniques, individual movement expression, and body self-awareness influencing the expressiveness of the created creations. Her achievements include original works on stage movement, choreography for performances, operas and concerts.