Music List for All Episodes of Morse Series with Downloadable PDF & Excel Sheet.

Hello my fellow Morsonians. I have in this post compiled a list of the classical music played in all the Morse episodes. Which episodes used a particular piece of music has also been included.

Click on the music title to open a new window with a music video from Youtube of the selected music.

Posts with all the music from Lewis and Endeavour series will be coming soon. There will also be a fourth post which will include all the music that has turned up in more than one series or episode.

At the end of the post I have included a downloadable PDF and excel sheet which includes a list of all the information. This will allow you to put the list on your phone or tablet or print it out.

If you find any broken links please let me know.


Start of Episode & 00h12m01s & 00h20m22s – 

My Soul there is a Country by Hubert Parry & Henry Vaughan.


Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi.


Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4) by Frédéric Chopin.


Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major, K. 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Le Nozze di Figaro K492 act 2, Porgi Amor (The Marriage of Figaro)’ by Mozart.


I am unable to identify the next piece. It is being played in Ned’s room when Morse visits him and is assumed to be Ned’s uncle by Ned’s roommate. I think it is possibly one of the American minimalist modern composers Philip Glass or Steve Reich.


Don Giovanni, K.527, Act 1: Ah, Chi Mi Dice Mai by Mozart.


Quartet No. 12 in B flat major, K. 172 by Mozart.


Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin.


Concerto grosso Op.3 No.1 by George Frideric Handel.


“Haffner” Symphony by Mozart.

The piece Morse plays while tinkering on Anne’s piano is the opening of the ‘Prelude to Wagner’s _Tristan und Isolde.


The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn.


Der Freischutz (the Marksman) by Carl Maria von Weberand & Friedrich Kind.


Symphony in D minor by Cesar Franck.


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner.


Largo from Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major HWV 313 by George Frideric Handel.


Service of All the Dead


Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Overture Euryanthe: Allegro marcato, con molto fuoco by Carl Maria von Weber.

I’m afraid there is no Youtube video of the Weber piece and the two that I found were unavailable in my country.


Locus iste by Anton Bruckner.


Missa Brevis – Agnus Dei by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.


Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BMV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Acte IV: Sola, Perduta abbandonata‘ from the opera ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini.


The Wolvercote Tongue.


Flow, my Tears by John Dowland & an unknown librettist.


Les Troyens, (“The Trojans”) H133, Act III, Allegro Moderato by Hector Berlioz.

Last Seen Wearing.



Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat, K. 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The above video contains the complete piece. The section of music used in the episode starts at 8 minutes and 47 seconds in the above video.


Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner


The Settling of the Sun.


The Dream of Gerontius, Op38, Pt II:I by Edward Elgar.

The above piece of music is scattered throughout the episode.


St John Passion‘ by Johann Sebastian Bach.

St John Passion part 2


Opus 10, Piano Etude No’ 5 by Frédéric Chopin.


Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar.


String Quartet No. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven.


De Jules Lemaitre by Jehan Ariste Alain.


The last piece of music in this episode is played while Morse first talks to the young girl, Alex in Jane’s flat and continues as he drives her to the hospital to see Jane. It is another section of the first piece of music above, ‘The Dream of Gerontius, Op38, Pt II:I‘.


Last Bus to Woodstock.


‘Cosi Fan Tutte’. The section we hear being played in the car is the overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Piano Sonata in C (K545) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Ghost in the Machine.


The final scene of Tosca by  Giacomo Puccini.


The next piece is again from Tosca and is heard while Morse and Lewis are driving to Hanbury House. And no it’s not from Cats.😉

The singer is as mentioned in the episode, Maria Callas but I’m not sure which section of the opera it is from. I think it is the same as above but i’m afraid my knowledge of opera is very limited.


Quartet No. 14 in G Major for Strings. K.387:III. Andante cantabile by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


The Last Enemy.


String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert.


Deceived by Flight.


Emperor’ Quartet by Joseph Haydn.


Second movement of his Concerto for Cello in A minor by Camille Saint-Saëns.

I couldn’t find a video of just the second movement so I have used the video below which has all three movements.


Third String Quartet by Robert Schumann.


Secret of Bay 5B.


Parsifal. Specifically the Prelude to Parsifal by Richard Wagner.


The Infernal Serpent.


Piano Sonata No. 25, middle section by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Piano Sonata in A, K.331:1 Andante Grazioso by Mozart.


Miserere mei, Deus by Gregorio Alligri.


Prelude and Fugue in C Minor BWV 546. BWV by Johann Sebastian Bach.


La Poupée (The doll) N°3 from Jeux d’enfants op.22 by Georges Bizet.


Sonata No. 11 in A Major for Piano, K331:1 Tema Andante Grazioso by Mozart.


Justorum Animae by Orlande Di Lassus. 


The Sins of the Fathers.


La Traviata, Follie, follie/Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi.

The music is first played when Morse talks to the Lisa Harrow character Thelma Radford. That is at 55 minutes and 13 seconds. It is then played again in Morse’s office and at his home.


String Quartet No.10 in E flat major, op.125 No.1 by Franz Schubert.


Driven to Distraction.


Six Suites for Violin and Cello. Suite No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Horn Concerto No 4 by Mozart.


Masonic Mysteries.

It is no surprise that all the classical music is excerpts from the Mozart opera The Magic Flute. (The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), K. 620)

What I will attempt to do is identify the excerpts as to where they happen in the opera and which characters are singing. I have also tried to get all the musical excerpts used in the episode and make them into short videos for each piece.

I am a fan of the opera but do not put myself forward as an expert. So, on that note I apologize in advance for any errors.


The Magic Flute opening music.


After three ladies, attendants of the Queen of the Night, appear and kill the serpent that was tormenting Tomino, he having fainted, he awakes to find Papageno who takes credit for having killed the serpent.

00h21m21s. Morse and Lewis are leaving McNutt’s house and walking toward his, now defaced, car. A section of the opening is replayed here.


Morse and Lewis are driving back from McNutt’s house and are trying to make sense of that night’s events.

The music is played while the council of priests of Isis and Osiris, headed by Sarastro, enter.

He invokes the gods Isis and Osiris, asking them to protect Tamino and Pamina (Aria and chorus: “O Isis und Osiris“).


The scene starts with Morse staring at the defaced car and then moves into his house where he sits on the settee contemplating all that has happened.

The next piece is from Act 1, scene 1 and is part of the scene after Prince Tamino has just been presented by the Three Ladies with an image of the princess Pamina, and falls instantly in love with her. “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” (This image is enchantingly lovely)


Morse is in a cell and Lewis and Bottomley arrive at his house to find angry neighbours beating at Morse’s door as their is music blasting from his house.

We are now at act 2, scene 3. The Queen of the Night appears handing Pamina a dagger, ordering her to kill Sarastro with it and threatening to disown her if she does not. “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” (“Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart”)


Morse is released from his cell and returns home. As he lies sleeping on the settee a fire starts.

Tamino declares that he is ready to be tested. Pamina enters and declares her intention to undergo the remaining trials with him. She hands him the magic flute to help them through the trials. Wir wandelten durch Feuergluten, (We wandered through the fire’s glow)


We are now in the house of Hugo DeVries and he and Morse talk of what has happened. Hugo turns on a cassette recording of The Magic Flute.

Papageno and Pamina are searching for Tamino when they are recaptured by Monostatos and his slaves. Papageno plays his magic bells, and Monostatos and his slaves begin to dance, and exit the stage, still dancing, mesmerised by the beauty of the music. Schnelle Füße, racher Mut (Swift feet and ready courage)

Our final piece is when Morse is sitting in his car outside where the opera is being played. Lewis and his wife went along at the behest of Morse. The scene sees Lewis and his wife coming out early (though they almost stayed to the end as the music that can be heard playing is almost at the end of the opera).

The traitorous Monostatos appears with the Queen of the Night and her three ladies. They plot to destroy the temple (“Nur stille, stille“) and the Queen confirms that she has promised her daughter Pamina to Monostatos.


Second Time Around.



Senza Mamma, from Giacomo Puccini’s (1858 – 1924) opera Suor Angelica.


As above.


As above.


As above.


Fat Chance


Laudate Dominum’ from Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore by Mozart.


String Quartet No. 7 in F Major by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Laudate Dominum is heard again during the scene when Dinah Newberry is sitting in her room crying, eating ice cream and Irene is banging on her door.


We return to Dinah Newberry’s room as Morse visits to talk to her. As before Laudate Dominum is playing.


Laudate Dominum plays again as we see Morse at home and he phones Emma to ask about Dinah Newberry.


Venetian Gondola Song (Opus 19, No. 6 in G Minor) by Felix Mendelssohn.


‘Well Tempered Clavier’ Book Two Prelude and Fugue in F sharp by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Who Killed Harry Field?


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.15 in B flat major K.450.Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 


As above,


St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach


Greeks Bearing Gifts


Introduction and Allegro for Strings by  Edward Elgar


String Quartet No. 13 in B Flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven


Promised Land

Hab’ mir’s gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss


Dead on Time

The main piece of music in this episode is String Quintet in C major. The movement at the beginning of the episode is the second movement by Franz Schubert.

The above piece is played a few more times through the episode.


Schubert Quintet in C, D596 fourth movement by Franz Schubert


Happy Families


Soave ‘Sia Il Vento‘ from Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Death of the Self.


Concerto for Two Mandolini in G Minor by Antonio Vivaldi.

The Concerto for Two Mandolini replays several times through the episode: at 13 minutes and 25 seconds when Morse, Lewis and the Italian policeman are walking through the strade and piazza. The piece occurs again when Morse, Lewis and Claudio Battisti first arrive at Clark’s abode at the 16 minute and 10 seconds mark.


Caro Nome from Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.


Aria Signore, Ascolta! from the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.

This piece is heard again at the end of the episode when Nicole Burgess performs in front of an audience.


Absolute Conviction


Death and the Maiden Quartet for Strings by Franz Schubert


String Quartet in C Minor, D 703 – Allegro assai by Franz Schubert


Death and the Maiden Quartet for Strings by Franz Schubert


Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: Allegro scherzando. (The section used starts about halfway through the piece mentioned).


Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata aria from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Chorale: Erkenne mich, mein Huter (St Matthew Passion) by Johann Sebastian Bach


Chorale: Erkenne mich, mein Huter (St Matthew Passion) by Johann Sebastian Bach


Cherubim and Seraphim


“Che farò senza Euridice” from ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ by Christoph Willibald Gluck


“Che farò senza Euridice” from ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ by Christoph Willibald Gluck


Deadly Slumber


Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110- 1. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo by Ludwig van Beethoven


Piano Concerto No.23 In A Major, K 488 Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Piano Concerto No.23 In A Major, K 488 Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


The Day of the Devil


String Sextet No. 1 In B Flat Major Op. 18 by Johannes Brahms


Busoni Chorale Prelude BWV 639 Ich ruf zu dir,Herr by Johann Sebastian Bach


From the opera Manon – Massenet – Adieu notre petite table by Jules Massenet


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach


Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major – 2. Andante ma moderato by Johannes Brahms


Twilight of the Gods


Götterdämmerung, Act III, Scene 3 Finale (The Immolation Scene) by Richard Wagner

00h03m55s & 00h04m30s

As above.


Twilight of the Gods – Chapter 13 Third scene The hall of the Gibichungen by Richard Wagner


Military Polonaise Opus 40 No. 1 in A Major by Frédéric Chopin


Twilight of the Gods – Chapter 13 Third scene The hall of the Gibichungen by Richard Wagner


The Way Through the Woods


String Quartet in g minor by Claude Debussy. This is played throughout the episode. I only have access to the complete work.


As above

The Daughters of Cain


La Traviata – Prelude to Act 1 by Giuseppe Verdi


String quartet in g minor, Op.74, No.3 by Joseph Haydn


Death Is Now My Neighbour


The Marriage of Figaro ‘non so piu’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Gloria by  Antonio Vivaldi

The Wench Is Dead


Clarinet Concerto in A major K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


As above




Piano trio No. 7 in B flat major WoO 39 Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven



Click this link to download excel sheet; Morse Music

Click this link to open as PDF; Morse Music update

Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

72 thoughts

  1. Wow, Christopher! This is a gift. I love how music is woven organically through all of Morse. It serves as a function in character and plot development and not just to texture the environment. Thank you for this hard work; oh, the hours you must have spent!

  2. Hi there – love your work here, very useful!! Just on the matter of The Infernal Serpent: I’m a choral singer, and as far as I know the Miserere is by William Byrd, not Allegri, and the piece in the chapel at the end is Byrd’s Justorum Animae. Hope this is correct…
    Thanks again!!

      1. Hello my name is Neil Malley. Thank you for your marvellous work. Just a couple of corrections on the above comment. The Miserere is by Grigorio Allegri, not William Byrd and the choral piece in the Infernal Serpent is called Justorum Animae but it is the version by Orlande Di Lassus not the Byrd version

      2. Hi Neil, welcome to my website. Sorry Neil but I don’t fully understand the first part of your comment. In my post I have written that the Miserere mei, Deus is by Gregorio Alligri. Thank you for the information regarding the choral piece.

  3. The hymn “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended”, played in the church, around 1h6m into the episode: words, John Ellerton (1826-93); music, “St. Clement” by Clement Cotterill Scholefield (1839-1904). HTH

    1. That lovely hymn is also used in the film “Yanks,” for the funeral of the mother of one of the main characters.

  4. Just found you and this marvelous list! My husband was trying to remember a piece of music that was in one of the Morse episodes, but he didn’t know which one it was in. As I type this, he’s going through your list! Thank you for taking the time and effort to compile this list!

    1. Hello Savannah and welcome to my website. I hope your husband finds the piece of music he is looking for. I will warn you that if you are in America some of the music is different from the British episodes due to copyright.

  5. Thank you so much! I’ve been hunting for the piece of music which turns out to be Schubert’s Quintet in C Major, 2nd Movement. Thanks to you, I can identify it. It’s a piece that moves me to tears.

      1. The Wolvercote Tongue
        Les Troyens, (“The Trojans”) H133, Act III, Allegro Moderato by Hector Berlioz.

      2. Amazingly wonderful enterprise — thank you so much!

        The Wolvercote Tongue
        Les Troyens, (“The Trojans”) H133, Act III, Allegro Moderato by Hector Berlioz.

    1. I am hoping that it will be played at my funeral memorial! Many thanks to you Chris for your epic effort. Lesley

  6. You state above that you were not able to find a youtube for this music, and so I found this and posted it. Sorry I posted it twice.

  7. The piece at 00h 14m 18 in Ghost in the Machine is the very end of Tosca’s aria “Vissi d’arte” in the second act, minutes before she stabs Scarpia, the Chief of Police. So glad to be able to contribute to your great work!

  8. My goodness! You will be a very busy fellow. Best wishes on you new project. I was wondering if you were going to be providing a similar music list for Lewis and Endeavour. But I suppose not that you have school ahead of you.

  9. Hi Chris,

    Last night I watched “The Wench is Dead” and the music at 00h57m58s bugged me for the rest of the night. Today I listened to all of my Schubert piano pieces until I found it again – the second movement (Andantino) of Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D.959. 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for this wondrous music gift. I also, with my siblings, have looked after my mom for the past six years. She passed away a month ago and I found myself rewatching all Morse episodes but immensely enjoying music. In looking for a resource to guide me in identifying selections I came across your work. Thank you, thank you. I look forward to your book and gladly buying myself and others copies.

    1. Hello Nancy. I’m sorry to read about your mother passing. I hope you are finding a way to cope. Thank you Nancy for your kind words in regard to my music list. I’m glad you enjoyed it and hopefully you will enjoy the Lewis book when I get it finished.

  11. This is brilliant! Thank you so much for this superb effort. I loved Morse in my teenage years and it introduced me to so much good music. I came here for the tune at the beginning of Daughters of Cain. Mesmerising! Thank you again xxx

  12. Thank you so much for compiling the pdf and excel spreadsheet.


    Raymond Williams

  13. Thank you sir! My wife and I recently discovered this wonderful series and the music is so much of its charm. I often grab the phone and use an app to identify the pieces and now I can use this to create some playlists.

  14. Where are all the people who care to know more about opera because of this wonderful show? I sometimes search to find title of a piece, but until I found this blog, thought only someone like me was weird enough to bother. Thank you for your work.

    1. Hi Jean, you are very welcome. There are a lot of ‘weird’ people who are very interested in the opera in the show.

  15. This is fantastic. What a treat. Thank you so much.
    I am 51 years old now and I noticed some years back I was losing the passion for popular music (not hitparade of course, don’t be daft) I once had. There had always been some interest in classical music for sure. But opera… never even considered it.
    Until about 4 years ago, re-watching the Morse series, and I found myself wanting to know more and more what pieces were played. And then came the episode Masonic Mysteries. A day later I was searching YT for several versions of it. A month later the opera happened to be performed in the city I live.
    Nowadays I hardly listen to anything but classical and opera. Morse for the win!
    Thank you again.

    1. Hi Lutek and welcome to my website. I’m so glad you enjoyed my list of music.

  16. Many thanks for compiling this wonderful list and sharing it – I’ve long enjoyed the Morse, Lewis and Endeavour series both in their original airings and now in reruns, and always wanted to know more about the music. Thanks to you I can listen to pieces that intrigued me on the shows, in their entirety. What a gift.

  17. Thank you for this amazing volume of information. I binged on all of Morse a few weeks ago and wish I had had your work in front of me. Such an incredible amount of work!

  18. As someone who is a lifelong Morse addict, but also listening increasingly to classical work [quartets are in general my preference], this site is invaluable. Currently listening to the lovely Debussy. Thank you so much!

  19. Was directed to your absolutely brilliant web-site by someone on f/b after a query about “Cherubim and Seraphim” – when Morse has a headset on and says they are playing Hallelujah Chorus (Haendel – Messiah) I was expecting to hear that later on when the young guy was mixing music, but all I could identify was Miserere (Allegri) – I don’t know whether you have an explanation to this one? Other than that – your website has inspired me to go back and listen to some works that I have left behind long time ago – Verdi’s Gloria always sends me back to a time when I did 2nd bass part and I still sing it every time it is featured on radio..

  20. hello,
    if you put subtitles on, you will have the name of the pieces that are played !
    thank you for all the work tou’ve done on Morse
    greetings from a fan from France !

  21. Hi Chris, thank you for compiling this wonderfully comprehensive list.

    With regards to the unidentified piece of music in Series 1, Episode 1, “Dead of Jericho”, at 00h45m35s, I believe you are correct that it is composed by Steve Reich, I am fairly sure that it is an excerpt from his composition, Music for 18 Musicians.

  22. Thank you for these. This link is broken: Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4) by Frédéric Chopin.
    There are a few replacements to choose from. One is here:

    I really like how you’ve made an all-in-one list. Now that I’m rewatching Morse, after some years away, I’ve started compiling an all-in-one table showing:
    – the dominant literary reference (Tosca, etc.)
    – the main institution (usually a fictitious college), and the real-life venue(s) used for filming
    – the woman receiving Morse’s attention
    – the names of the deceased (the death rate, in the first twelve episodes anyway, is exactly three so far)

  23. Thank you Chris
    You have added to my pleasure while watching Morse. My husband and I are re-watching Lewis and waiting for the last series of Endeavor.
    Nancy (from Portland, OR US)

    1. Hello Nancy. Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope you are enjoying rewatching the Lewis series.

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