Performed by star clainettist Giora Feidman and the Arditti String
Quartett, Betty Oliver's new music
famous silent movie „THE GOLEM“
made a spectacular world premier
in 1998 at the Konzerthaus Wien and became an internationally successful Film
. Likewise, the chamber music
adaptation for string quartett or orchestra is
often performed on worldwide concert stages.
The film is located in a medieval Prague in the Ghetto and at the
Emperor's court. It tells the story of Rabbi Löw
who uses his magical sciences to create from a lump of clay the GOLEM, who's
save the Jewish communit from expulsion, but also causes their
foreboding ruin, when he becomes an uncontrollable instrument of
The film brings together heterogenous worlds, different style
elements, various levels of ambiance and emotion: the medieval legend
and the technical means of the early 20th century
settings and impressionistic
the Jewish Ghetto
and the renaissance
of the emperor's court
and deep belief
and the rage
The music assigns individual musical themes to the different characters
and levels of action, the different worlds are marked by a different
musical style. All is increasingly interwoven following the dramatic
development of the action.
The main themes
of the music are a warm and tender Nigun
is linked to the "secret of life"
the ancient prayer
which serves as foreboding theme of the Rabbi
moment of undertaking the sacrosanct creation of life, und finally the folk dances
dynamic street scenes in
Integrated in this essence of the composition and the film are the trifling and
to the emperor's court
and the excessively thrilling
moments of the apocalyptic blaze
and the frenzy of the GOLEM
No.1 and the Suite "Zekhs
Yiddishe Lider und Tantz" are
adaptations of the film music and contain main themes.
Both are meant to stand without the film,
but are an interpretative reference to the action of the old legend.
" ... the evening's magic derives from teh
Betty Olivero thought out a truly exciting music for the
expressionistic silent movie classic
Without ebing unseemly overstated, the music retells the Jewish legend,
tempts, abducts, captures and makes
the mystic sound..."
" ... Traditional Jewish folklore and sacral music are smoothly
connected to teh musical forms of the Renaissance.
Appealing effects are produced with with vast intervals and beautifully
a music of often dark timbres and an exotically irisdiscent poetry.“
Betty Olivero bridges the gap between old and new, pictures and sound...
classical-modern string quartett paints the color sounds of this tinted
version with sharply whirring
or gloomy lasting sounds: the
blue of the night, the blazing red or the cooly pale yellow.
it hatchels dissonantly, as if whipped by phases of clusters - up the
stairs, down the stairs
through the narrow angled and canted
the Freilach feeling breaks out in the Ghetto alleys, the
clarinet is allowed to jubilate
the string quartett becomes a grooving near-east rhythm group...“
Yidishe Lider un Tantz"
Suite f. Solo clarinet &
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