All posters by Ariel Schrag.


Inanna and the Hullupu Tree (2011)
Original 18 minute film based on the ancient Sumerian myth.  Scored for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp and piano and sounds of nature. See the film on YouTube.  Info about the film:

Excerpt of film score on the CD Wild Coast


Rachel Durling-violin, Daniel Stephens-viola, David Brin-cello, Alice Lenaghan-flute, Peter Joseff-bass clarinet, Liza Wallace-harp, Molly Axtmann-piano.

The Snake

Peter Joseff-bass clarinet.

Silent Film Scores


Nosferatu (1926)F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece (1926) scored for piano, violin, viola and cello (2004).  Multiple performances (2004-2014) including a sold out premiere at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

Excerpt from the score which includes improvisation.  On CD Wild Coast.

Ellen’s Night

Rachel Durling-violin, Shira Kammen-viola, Dina Weinshelbaum-cello, Molly Axtmann-piano

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
Psychological thriller directed by Robert Wiene scored for piano, viola and cello (2006).  Performed at Strings 2006.




The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Victor Hugo’s eternal story directed by Wallace Worsley starring Lon Chaney scored for piano, violin, cello and percussion (2007).
Awarded a Community Partners Grant with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum by The American Composers Forum.

Visual Concerts (1995-2011)
Molly worked with photographer John Pearson  producing concerts at Strings where photographs are presented with live musical performances. She regularly improvised on piano as well as helping to create the visuals.