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.
DEAD OF JERICHO
Start of Episode & 00h12m01s & 00h20m22s –
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.
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.
Service of All the Dead
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.
The Wolvercote Tongue.
Les Troyens, (“The Trojans”) H133, Act III, Allegro Moderato by Hector Berlioz.
I’m afraid I couldn’t find a YouTube recording of the piece.
Last Seen Wearing.
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.
The Settling of the Sun.
The above piece of music is scattered throughout the episode.
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.
Ghost in the Machine.
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.
The Last Enemy.
Deceived by Flight.
I couldn’t find a video of just the second movement so I have used the video below which has all three movements.
Secret of Bay 5B.
The Infernal Serpent.
I am unable to identify the choral piece when Mrs Copley Barnes decides to kill herself.
The Sins of the Fathers.
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.
Driven to Distraction.
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.
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.
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.
Who Killed Harry Field?
Greeks Bearing Gifts
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.
Death of the Self.
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.
This piece is heard again at the end of the episode when Nicole Burgess performs in front of an audience.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: Allegro scherzando. (The section used starts about halfway through the piece mentioned).
Cherubim and Seraphim
The Day of the Devil
Twilight of the Gods
00h03m55s & 00h04m30s
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.
The Daughters of Cain
Death Is Now My Neighbour
The Wench Is Dead
Piano trio No. 7 in B flat major WoO 39 Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
The Remorseful Day
Parsifal Overture by Richard Wagner
The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended by unknown.
String Quintet in C Major, 2nd movement by Franz Schubert
Requiem : ‘In Paradisum’ by Gabriel Fauré
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