The BQE Project
The Golem "Excerpts"

BQE and Peter Travers

The Golem (1920)
"Nazziola' s enveloping music draws on Jewish musical influences (oh those Middle Eastern drums!) to blow the dust off of film scholarship to make the film live and breathe for a new generation. I sat spellbound watching Nazziola conduct the musicians of his BQE Project in a live performance of score and film."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The Golem (1920)

Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein Myth, the ancient Hebrew legend of the Golem provided actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema.

Suffering under the tyrannical rule of Rudolf II in 16th-century Prague, a Talmudic rabbi (Albert Steinruck) creates a giant warrior (Paul Wegener) to protect the safety of his people.  Sculptured of clay and animated by the mysterious secrets of the cabala, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism and dreadful violence.  When the rabbi’s assistant (Ernst Deutsch) takes control of the Golem and attempts to use him for his selfish gain, the lumbering monster runs rampant, abducting the rabbi’s daughter (Lyda Salmonova) and setting fire to the ghetto. A classic example of German expressionism, the Golem is a perfect template for the world of musical color, drama and excitement that one can expect from a soundtrack composed by Tom Nazziola and performed live by the BQE Project.

Available Formats: DVD
Film Length: 82 minutes
Instrumentation: Violin, Cello, Upright bass, Percussion, Electric / Acoustic Guitars, Acoustic Piano
Ensemble Fee /
Print Licensing:
Available upon request
Promotional Stills: Available upon request
Technical Requirements: (See below)
Sound System microphones for all instruments (specifics are provided in tech rider)
Wooden Stool
with cushion for bass player
Chairs 3 padded chairs for players
Stands 9 black music stands (standard type used in orchestras and Broadway plays)
Lights 8 clip-on lights for music stands (standard type used in orchestras and Broadway plays) plus gells for each light (to be used as needed).
Monitors (audio) 5 in total
Bass amp A bass amp will be needed
Concert grand
acoustic piano
(6 ft. 11inches or larger preferred) with adjustable piano bench (piano to be tuned the day of the performance before load-in / soundcheck)
Video monitor (optional) If the movie screen is not at eye level with conductor, a suitable video monitor may be needed.
CD Player to be positioned near conductor for use during the film. A stereo RCA cable of sufficient length will be needed to extend from the CD player to the mixing board.
small table