The Music of Inspector Morse

I have been an Inspector Morse fan for many years and have compiled this list of the classical music heard throughout the series (1987-2000). The purpose of this list is purely for entertainment, all entries are correct to the best of my knowledge and any mistakes are mine alone. A * denotes an item played more than once during an episode. 

I am indebted to the work of several people including The Complete Inspector Morse by David Bishop which you can buy here and Chris Sullivan’s excellent Inspector Morse, Endeavour and Lewis blog which you can find here.

By Episode: 

SERIES ONE (1987) 

The Dead of Jericho (1, 1) 

  • Hubert Parry and Henry Vaughn – ‘My Soul There is a Country’ *
  • Vivaldi – Gloria (RV 589)
  • Chopin – Prelude No 4 (Op 28) 
  • Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro, Act 2, ‘Porgi Amor’ (K 492) 
  • Mozart – Don Giovanni, Act 1, ‘Ah Chi Mi Dice Mai’ (K 527) 
  • Mozart – String Quartet No 12 (K 172)
  • Chopin – Fantasie Impromptu (Op 66) 
  • Handel – Concerto Grosso No 1 (Op 3) 
  • Mozart – Symphony No 35 ‘Haffner’ (K 385) 
  • NB – Morse plays the opening of Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde on Anne’s Piano 

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1, 2)

  • Weber – Der Freischutz / ‘The Marksman’ (Op 72)
  • Frank – Symphony in D Minor (Op 48) 
  • Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Numberg (WWV 96) 
  • Handel – Concerto Grosso No 2 (Op 3) 

Service of all The Dead (1, 3)

  • Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (BWV 543)
  • Weber – Overture to Euryanthe (Op 81)
  • Bruckner – Locus Iste (WAB 23)
  • Palestrina – Missa Brevis, Agnus Dei 
  • Bach – Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BMV 554)
  • Puccini – Manon Lescault, Act 4, ‘Sola Perduta Abbandonata’ 

SERIES TWO (1987-1988)

The Wolvercote Tongue (2, 1)

  • Dowland – ‘Flow, My Tears’ 
  • Berlioz – Les Troyens, Act 3, Allegro Moderato (H 133) 

Last Seen Wearing (2, 2) 

  • Mozart – Violin Concerto No 1 (K 207)
  • Wagner – Die Walkure, Act 3, ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ (WWV 86B) 

The Settling of the Sun (2, 3)

  • Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Part 2 (Op 38) * 
  • Bach – St John Passion (BWV 245)
  • Chopin – Piano Etude No 5 (Op 10) 
  • Elgar – Enigma Variations (Op36) 
  • Beethoven – String Quartet No 15 (Op 132)
  • Jehan Ariste Alain – De Jules Lemaitre 

Last Bus to Woodstock (2, 4)

  • Mozart – Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte (K 588)
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No 16 (K 545) 

SERIES THREE (1989) 

Ghost In the Machine (3, 1)

  • Puccini – Tosca, Act 3, excerpt * 
  • Mozart – String Quartet No 14, 3rd Movt (K387) 

The Last Enemy (3, 2)

  • Schubert – String Quintet (D 956) *

Deceived by Flight (3, 3)

  • Haydn – String Quartet No 3 ‘Emperor’ (Op76) 
  • Saint-Saens – Cello Concerto No 1 (Op 33)
  • Schumann – String Quartet No 3 (Op 41)

Secret of Bay 5B (3, 4)

  • Wagner – Prelude to Parsifal (WWV 111) 

SERIES FOUR (1990) 

The Infernal Serpent (4, 1)

  • Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 25, 2nd Movt (Op 79) 
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No 11, 1st Movt (K 331) * 
  • Allegri – Miserere 
  • Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 546) 
  • Bizet – Jeux d’Enfants No 3 ‘The Doll’ (Op 22) 

The Sins of the Fathers (4, 2)

  • Verdi – La Traviata, Act 1 ‘Sempre Libera’ 
  • Schubert – String Quintet (D 956)

Driven to Distraction (4, 3)

  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 (BWV 1007)
  • Mozart – Horn Concerto No 4 (K 495)

Masonic Mysteries (4, 4) 

  • Mozart – The Magic Flute (K 620) – Various including sections from Act 1 (i), Act 2 (iii) and an excerpt of The Queen of Night’s famous aria ‘Der Holle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen’ (‘Hell’s Vengeance Boils in my Heart’). NB the plot revolves around the opera and its characters. 

SERIES FIVE (1991) 

Second Time Around (5, 1)

  • Haydn – String Quartet in F Major (unclear which; he wrote several in that key) 
  • Puccini – Suor Angelica, ‘Senza Mamma’ *

Fat Chance (5, 2)

  • Mozart – Vesperae Solemnes de Confessoe (‘Solemn Vespers for a Confessor’), ‘Laudate Dominum’ (K 339). 
  • Beethoven – String Quartet No 7 (Op 59). NB – first of the ‘Razumovsky’ Quartets 
  • Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words, No 6 ‘Venetian Gondola Song’ (Op 19) 
  • Bach – The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 2, Prelude and Fugue in F Sharp (BWV 882) 

Who Killed Harry Field? (5, 3)

  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No 15 (K450)
  • Bach – St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) 

Greeks Bearing Gifts (5, 4)

  • Elgar – Introduction and Allego for Strings (Op 47)
  • Beethoven – String Quartet No 13 (Op 130) 

Promised Land (5, 5)

  • Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier, Act 3, ‘Hab’ Mirs Gelobt’ (Op 59)

SERIES SIX (1992) 

Dead on Time (6, 1)

  • Schubert – String Quintet, 2nd Movt * and 4th Movt (D 956) 

Happy Families (6, 2)

  • Mozart – Cosi Fan Tutte, Act 1, ‘Soave Sia Il Vento’ (‘May the Wind be Gentle’) (K588)
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No 9 (K 311) 

Death of the Self (6, 3)

  • Vivaldi – Concerto For Two Mandolins in G Minor (RV 532)
  • Verdi – Rigoletto, ‘Caro Nome Che in Mio Cor’ (‘Caro Nome’), 
  • Puccini – Turandot, ‘Aria Signore, Ascolta!’ 

Absolute Conviction (6, 4) 

  • Schubert – String Quartet No 14 ‘Death and the Maiden’ (D 810)
  • Schubert – String Quartet No 12 in C Minor (D703) 
  • Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 2 (Op 18) 
  • Mozart – Don Giovanni, ‘Mi Tradi Quell’alma Ingrata’ (K 527)
  • Bach – St Matthew Passion, ‘Erkene Mich, Meine Huter’ (BWV 244) *

Cherubim and Seraphim (6, 5) 

  • Gluck – Orfeo ed Euridice, ‘Che Faro Senza Euridice’ (Wq 30) * 
  • NB – The episode deals with the local rave scene and a sample of Allegri’s ‘Miserere’ is heard in a dance remix. 

SERIES SEVEN (1993)

Deadly Slumber (7, 1)

  • Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 31 (Op 110)
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No 23 (K 488)

The Day of the Devil (7, 2)

  • Brahms – String Sextet No 1, 2nd movt (Op 18) *
  • Bach – Chorale Prelude, ‘Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ (‘I Call to You Lord Jesus Christ) (BWV 639). 
  • Massanet – Manon – ‘Adieu Notre Petite Table’ 
  • Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565)

Twilight of the Gods (7, 3)

  • Wagner – Götterdämmerung, Act 3, Immolation Scene (WWV 86D) *
  • Wagner – Götterdämmerung, Act 3, Hall of the Gibichungs 
  • Chopin – Polonaise No 1 ‘Military’ (Op 40) 

SPECIALS 

The Way Through the Woods (1995)

  • Debussy – String Quartet in G Minor * 

The Daughters of Cain (1996)

  • Verdi – Prelude to La Traviata 
  • Haydn – String Quartet No 3 (Op 74)

Death is Now My Neighbour (1997)

  • Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro, Act 1, ‘Non So Piu’ (K492)
  • Vivaldi – Gloria (RV 589)

The Wench is Dead (1998)

  • Mozart – Clarinet Concerto (K622) *
  • Beethoven – Piano Trio No 7 in B Flat Major, ‘Archduke’  (Op 97)
  • Haydn – String Quartet No 5 (Op 64) 

The Remorseful Day (2000) 

  • Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No 1  (i) ‘Morning Mood’ (Op 46)
  • Wagner – Prelude to Parsifal (WWV 111) *
  • Anon – ‘The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended’ 
  • Schubert – String Quintet, 2nd Movt  (D 956) 
  • Faure – ‘Libera Me’ and ‘In Paradisum’ from the Requiem (Op 48). NB – The ‘In Paradisum’ plays as Morse collapses (prior to his death later in the episode). 

BONUS 

John Thaw, Kevin Whately and Colin Dexter all appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Here is a list of their selections. Castaway favourites marked by * 

John Thaw (14/07/91) 

  1. Sibelius – Symphony No 5 (Op 82) 
  2. Puccini – Turandot, ‘In Questa Reggia’ 
  3. Elgar – Cello Concerto, 1st Movt (Op 85)
  4. Schubert – String Quintet, 2nd Movt (D 956) 
  5. Sheila Hancock – Annie, ‘Little Girls’ 
  6. Mozart – Overture to The Magic Flute (K 620) 
  7. Richard Strauss – Beim Schlafengehen (from ‘Four Last Songs’) 
  8. JS Bach – St Matthew Passion, ‘Erbarme Dich’ (BWV 244) * 

Book – Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham 

Luxury item – Large, comfortable armchair 

Kevin Whately (20/09/96)

  1. Ralph McTell – An Irish Blessing
  2. Smetana – Ma Vlast
  3. Owen Brannigan – Cushie Butterfield 
  4. Joan Armatading – Everybody Got to Know
  5. Davy Spillane – Midnight Walker
  6. Salif Keita – Tekere
  7. Lindisfarne – Run for Home
  8. Sibelius – Symphony No 1 (Op 39) * 

Book – The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie 

Luxury Item – Northumbrian Pipes 

Colin Dexter (06/02/98) 

  1. Faure – Requiem ‘In Paradisum’ (Op 48) 
  2. Clara Butt – Abide With Me
  3. Chopin – Etude No 5 in E Minor (Op 25)
  4. The Beatles – The Long and Winding Road 
  5. Mozart – Clarinet Concerto, 2nd Movt (K 622)
  6. Gerrard Hoffnung – Bricklayer’s Story
  7. Richard Strauss – Beim Schlafengehen (from ‘Four Last Songs’)
  8. Wagner – Immolation Scene (from ‘Götterdämmerung’) * 

Book – A E Housman – Complete Works 

Luxury Item – Nail Clippers

Alphabetical List 

  • Allegri – Miserere 
  • Anon – ‘The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended’ 
  • Bach – Cello Suite No 1 (BWV 1007)
  • Bach – Chorale Prelude, ‘Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ (‘I Call to You Lord Jesus Christ) (BWV 639). 
  • Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (BWV 543)
  • Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 546) 
  • Bach – St John Passion (BWV 245)
  • Bach – St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) 
  • Bach – St Matthew Passion, ‘Erkene Mich, Meine Huter’ (BWV 244)
  • Bach – The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 2, Prelude and Fugue in F Sharp (BWV 882) 
  • Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565)
  • Bach – Toccata Adagio and Fugue in C (BMV 554)
  • Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 25, 2nd Movt (Op 79) 
  • Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 31 (Op 110)
  • Beethoven – Piano Trio No 7 in B Flat Major, ‘Archduke’  (Op 97)
  • Beethoven – String Quartet No 7 (Op 59). NB – first of the ‘Razumovsky’ Quartets 
  • Beethoven – String Quartet No 15 (Op 132)
  • Beethoven – String Quartet No 13 (Op 130) 
  • Berlioz – Les Troyens, Act 3, Allegro Moderato (H 133) 
  • Bizet – Jeux d’Enfants No 3 ‘The Doll’ (Op 22) 
  • Brahms – String Sextet No 1, 2nd movt (Op 18)
  • Bruckner – Locus Iste (WAB 23)
  • Chopin – Etude No 5 (Op 10) 
  • Chopin – Fantasie Impromptu (Op 66) 
  • Chopin – Polonaise No 1 ‘Military’ (Op 40) 
  • Chopin – Prelude No 4 (Op 28) 
  • Debussy – String Quartet in G Minor  
  • Dowland – ‘Flow, My Tears’ 
  • Elgar – Enigma Variations (Op 36) 
  • Elgar – Introduction and Allego for Strings (Op 47)
  • Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Part 2 (Op 38)  
  • Faure – Requiem – ‘Libera Me’ and ‘In Paradisum’ (Op 48)
  • Frank – Symphony in D Minor (Op 48) 
  • Gluck – Orfeo et Euridice, ‘Che Faro Senza Euridice’ (Wq 30)  
  • Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No 1  (i) ‘Morning Mood’ (Op 46)
  • Handel – Concerto Grosso Nos 1-2 (Op 3) 
  • Haydn – String Quartet in F Major (unclear which; he wrote several in that key) 
  • Haydn – String Quartet No 3 (Op 74)
  • Haydn – String Quartet No 3 ‘Emperor’ (Op76) 
  • Haydn – String Quartet No 5 (Op 64) 
  • Hubert Parry and Henry Vaughn – ‘My Soul There is a Country’
  • Massanet – Manon – ‘Adieu Notre Petite Table’ 
  • Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words, No 6 ‘Venetian Gondola Song’ (Op 19) 
  • Mozart – Clarinet Concerto, 2nd Movt (K622)
  • Mozart – Cosi Fan Tutte, Overture, Act 1, ‘Soave Sia Il Vento’ (K588)
  • Mozart – Don Giovanni, Act 1, ‘Ah Chi Mi Dice Mai’, ‘Mi Tradi Quell’alma Ingrata’ (K 527) 
  • Mozart – Horn Concerto No 4 (K 495)
  • Mozart – The Magic Flute (K 620) – Excerpts from Act 1 (i), Act 2 (iii) and ‘Der Holle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen’ 
  • Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro, Act 1, ‘Non So Piu’ (K492), Act 2, ‘Porgi Amor’ (K 492) 
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No 15 (K450)
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No 23 (K 488)
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No 9 (K 311) 
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No 11, 1st Movt (K 331)  
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No 16 (K 545) 
  • Mozart – String Quartet No 12 (K 172)
  • Mozart – String Quartet No 14, 3rd Movt (K387) 
  • Mozart – Symphony No 35 ‘Haffner’ (K 385) 
  • Mozart – Vesperae Solemnes de Confessoe (Solemn Vespers) ‘Laudate Dominum’ (K 339). 
  • Mozart – Violin Concerto No 1 (K 207)
  • Palestrina – Missa Brevis, Agnus Dei 
  • Puccini – Manon Lescault, Act 4, ‘Sola Perduta Abbandonata’ 
  • Puccini – Suor Angelica, ‘Senza Mamma’
  • Puccini – Tosca, Act 3 (excerpt)
  • Puccini – Turandot, ‘Signore, Ascolta!’ 
  • Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 2 (Op 18) 
  • Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier, Act 3, ‘Hab’ Mirs Gelobt’ (Op 59)
  • Saint-Saens – Cello Concerto No 1 (Op 33)
  • Schubert – String Quartet No 12 in C Minor (D703) 
  • Schubert – String Quartet No 14 ‘Death and the Maiden’ (D 810)
  • Schubert – String Quintet (D 956)
  • Schumann – String Quartet No 3 (Op 41)
  • Verdi – La Traviata, Prelude, Act 1 ‘Sempre Libera’ 
  • Verdi – Rigoletto, ‘Caro Nome Che in Mio Cor’ (‘Caro Nome’), 
  • Vivaldi – Concerto For Two Mandolins in G Minor (RV 532)
  • Vivaldi – Gloria (RV 589)
  • Wagner – Die Walkure, Act 3, ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ (WWV 86B) 
  • Wagner – Götterdämmerung, Act 3, Hall of the Gibichungs, Immolation Scene (WWV 86D)
  • Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Numberg  (WWV 96) 
  • Wagner – Prelude to Parsifal (WWV 111) 
  • Wagner Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
  • Weber – Der Freischutz / ‘The Marksman’ (Op 72)
  • Weber – Overture to Euryanthe (Op 81)

 


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