Last Bus to Woodstock: Art, Music and Literary References.


Coded messages, murder, music, art and literary references, right up my street. It’s not a bad way to start the day.

Hello and welcome Endeavourists to the latest in my series of posts on the music, art and literary references in the Inspector Morse series. Once I have completely cannibalised all Morse episodes for their music, art and literary references I will move on to the Lewis series.

Once I have finished with each series I will post a downloadable excel sheet for each category; music, art and literary references. This would allow everyone who downloads said excel sheets to print them off for personal use. Hopefully, having these print outs next to you while you watch the episode will be of help in identifying your favourite pieces of music from all three series. In the same vein the downloadable excel sheets will I hope help in your enjoyment and appreciation of the art and literary references used in all three series.

Of course I am not infallible (I know I was shocked to realise that trait in myself😉 ) so if you should spot an error or omission then please let me know and I will update my post with the new information.

The time of the pieces of music et cetera are based on the British DVD versions of the shows. However, the times shown should not be to dissimilar from other countries versions or should be easy to pinpoint what I am referring to and when.

Last Bus to Woodstock (Series 2, Episode 4).

(Chronologically this is episode 7).

(The times are set as hh/mm/ss, i.e. hours, minutes and seconds).


Not very much music in this episode. Only two pieces of classical and one guitar piece.


Morse and Lewis are on their way to the offices of St. Aldgates Assurance Company. The music playing in the car is part of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s (1756-1791) opera ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’. The section we hear being played in the car is the overture.


The second and last piece of classical music heard in the episode is played during Max’s visit to the Crowther’s house. The music is again by Mozart and is Piano Sonata in C (K545). (The Köchel-Verzeichnis or Köchelverzeichnis is an inclusive, chronological catalogue of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which was originally created by Ludwig von Köchel. It is abbreviated K. or KV).


While John Sanders is getting ready to go out and play snooker there is a slide guitar piece playing. Unfortunately I can’t identify it but I believe it is probably a piece written by Barrington Pheloung.

If you enjoy all the music from the Morse series I have collected all the pieces I have identified thus far and have created playlists on YouTube. On how to access these playlists please read the relevant post by clicking here.



Our first piece of art is in the Crowther’s dining room.


The above is a pastiche of a work by the English painter John William Godward, (1861-1922). The original by Godward is called ‘In the Prime of Summertime‘.



The next paintings are on the living room wall in Jennifer Colby’s house.


The painting on the left is ‘The Playground‘, by English painter Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976).



The painting on the right is ‘Late white tulip, Golden garlic, Mountain garlic‘ by the German apothecary and botanist Basilius Besler, (1561–1629).



On the kitchen wall of Jennifer Colby’s house we have another L.S. Lowry.


This one is titled ‘Old Church and Steps’.



The next painting, or to be more accurate, line drawing is on Morse’s living room wall.


The one i’m referring to is on the right. It is a line drawing by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) titled ‘Picasso in Antibes’.


Would never have thought of Morse as a admirer of Picasso. As for the print of pyramids on the left, I have no idea.


Our last painting is on Jennifer Colby’s wall.


This is Pierre-Auguste Renoir‘s (1841-1919) ‘The Umbrellas’.


Literary References


The following quote is said by Peter Newlove in the pub.


“The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.” Macbeth – Shakespeare.


Dr. Crowther talking to Max and quoting the following;


“After Death nothing is, and nothing, death, The utmost limit of a gasp of breath.” Seneca (Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist)


We are in Jennifer Colby’s house and Morse is talking to Angie Hartman;


“A gentle Knight was pricking on the plain.” – Edmund Spenser, From ‘The Faerie Queene’, 1590. For the full verse click here.


Morse to Lewis in the pub.


“As Trees are by their Bark embrac’d, Love to my Soul doth cling”. A Pastoral dialogue between Alexis and Strephon by John Wilmot the Earl of Rochester. The full verse can be found by clicking here.


Morse talking to Lewis in the hospital.


“All this to love and rapture’s due; Must we not pay a debt to pleasure too?” The Imperfect Enjoyment by the Earl of Rochester. The full verse by be found by clicking here.

So we come to the end of another post in this particular series of posts. Up next will be the music, art and literary references from the Morse episode, ‘Ghost in the Machine’. Until then, take care of yourselves.

Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. UPDATE: My mum died from Covid-19 on the 6th May 2020. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science). After a year at college I have passed all grades and now will start Edinburgh University in September 2019. I am now in second year having passed all the requirements in first year.

6 thoughts

  1. Hello Chris,

    1. The YouTube link to Mozart’s piano sonata contains the first movement only: the second movement is heard in the episode.

    2. There’s a painting of a nude woman appearing at 32.34 (not sure by whom, though).

    3. Jennifer’s library book is a copy of M.M. Kaye’s 1978 novel _The Far Pavilions_ (not sure if it’s an important ‘literary’ reference): its cover appears quickly at 42.31.


    1. Hi. 1. Sorry, I thought the second movement was also included in the video. 2. I saw that painting of the black female but didn’t recognise it or the style. Couldn’t find its likeness anywhere. 3. I saw the book but didn’t see it as a literary reference and it’s a terrible book. 🙂

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