authors have their fervent faithful followers — Terry Pratchett,
Stephen King, Collen McCullough, Tom Sharpe, Agatha Christie, Colin
Dexter, for example — especially on the Internet.
Colin Dexter. Hmm .
. . Doesn't he write those Inspector Morse novels? And isn't Morse always
mentioning the magic "W" word?
Ok, you can see
where all this is heading. I've come here explicitly to congratulate a
certain Morse enthusiast. "Dr. Who" is the pseudonym of an
unidentified hypermaniac who has applied assiduous detective work to
document on his Internet site every last reference to Wagner, not only in
the Morse novels (including page numbers), but also in the TV series based
For the list of
Morse stories that refer to Wagner's music, see
The site in
question is entitled The Music from the Inspector Morse Novels.
What follow are a few examples of what’s on offer.
Here’s Morse on
the Ring in The Daughters of Cain: “It should be ranked as
one of the seven great wonders of the modern world.”
The only Wagner
piece mentioned in both the novel and its TV adaptation is the Götterdämmerung
Immolation Scene. That novel is The Way though the Woods, the
corresponding TV episode, Twilight of the Gods. According to Dr.
Who, it’s also the only music piece spoken of in the novels actually to
make it on to the soundtrack of the series.
Which isn’t to
say you don’t hear the occasional bit of Wagner — especially in scenes
where Morse is sitting at home thinking while listening to a record.
Dr. Who doesn’t
mention it, but the TV episode Inspector Morse in Australia (aka Promised
Land) has, sad to say, no Wagner allusion whatsoever. Its final scene
is set, however, at the Sydney Opera House. Inevitable, of course, and
that’ll have to do us opera-wise.
The Daughters of Cain
The Inside Story
The Jewel That Was Ours
The Last Bus To Woodstock
Last Seen Wearing
The Riddle of the Third Mile
The Secret Of Annexe Three
The Secret World of Nicholas Quinn
The Way though the Woods
The Wench Is Dead.