Wagner and Inspector Morse
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Wagner and Inspector Morse intrigues Emily Bronto

Bikwil is pleased to present Wagner and Inspector Morse

Wagner and Inspector Morse

The Wanderer has discovered a very committed Wagner addict indeed and in Wagner and Inspector Morse outlines some of what that fan can tell us. 

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Many popular 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 on them.

For the list of Morse stories that refer to Wagner's music, see below.

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.


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