Thursday, 1 August 2019

Dit-dit-dit-dah-dah-dah no more

Oh dear. Another day, another "in memoriam". The multi-talented Barrington Pheloung is the latest great virtuoso to traverse the rainbow bridge to Fabulon.

Who? I hear you ask...

Anyone in the UK will instantly recognise to whom I refer, just from the first few bars of this, his most famous work:

Facts about Mr Pheloung:
  • Born in Manly, a beach suburb of Sydney, Australia, he moved to London to study music, eventually studying composition with John Lambert and guitar under John Williams and Julian Bream at the Royal College of Music.
  • He was the composer for the dance extravaganza on the opening night of the Millennium Dome.
  • Famously, the distinctive "dit-dit-dit-dah-dah-dahs" in that theme actually do spell out the letters M.O.R.S.E. in, unsurprisingly, Morse Code.
  • His other film and TV scores include Hilary and Jackie, Nostradamus, Portrait of a Marriage, Dalziel and Pascoe and Truly, Madly, Deeply.

RIP, Barrington Somers Pheloung (10th May 1954 – 31st July 2019)

Inspector Morse appreciation at DenOfGeek.


  1. Oh no, he was a bit young. I love the Morse theme tune.

    1. Yes, only 65, which is no age at all in the grand scheme of things... Sad. Jx

  2. If you had asked me if I knew the Morse theme song, I'm pretty sure I would have said no, but as soon as that started I remembered how much I always liked it.

    I think I'll go watch some Morse right now.

    1. In some circles he was nick-named "Inspector Morose", but we loved him... Jx

  3. Heard it on my classic FM station yesterday.And they played that theme.

    1. Understandably - it's doubtful any of his other music is anywhere near as memorable. Jx


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