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    The BBC is reporting the death at the age of 65 of Barrington Pheloung.


  • #2

    The best tribute one can make ...


    • #3
      Two photos of Barrington that I took during the filming of scenes in Oriel Square for the pilot episode of Lewis - in the first one he is chatting to Kevin Whately, in the second he is posing with producer Chris Burt for onlookers' photos.

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      • #4
        His Morse music was sublime.



        • #5
          Barrington Pheloung, composer best known for his haunting theme music to ‘Inspector Morse’ – obituary

          Pheloung making a cameo appearance in an episode of Inspector Morse, 'Absolute Conviction', 1992

          5 AUGUST 2019 • 3:10PM

          Barrington Pheloung, the Australian-born composer and arranger, who has died aged 65, became best known for the theme and incidental music to the television detective series Inspector Morse, and its spin-offs Lewis and Endeavour, which lent a languorous quality to occasionally hectic plotting.

          The staccato opening refrain of the main theme to Morse, first heard in 1987 in the episode “Dead of Jericho”, used a motif based on the Morse code for “M.O.R.S.E.” and Pheloung claimed that he occasionally spelt out the name of the killer in the incidental music. When astute viewers worked this out, he took up the challenge by dropping in the odd red herring too.

          As director of music for the series, Pheloung was also responsible for educating the musical tastes of the title character, and Morse’s creator Colin Dexter was said to be delighted with the lengths to which he would go to incorporate passages from Wagner, Mozart, Schubert and Maria Callas.

          His work won him a Bafta Award nomination for best original music. In 1991 an album of music from the series reached number four in the charts and sold nearly
          200,000 copies.

          Inspector Morse music on CD: Pheloung was said to feel that his identification with television and film scores had not improved his chances of being taken seriously. CREDIT: ALAMY

          Yet Pheloung, who also wrote ballets and works for leading musical ensembles, and who taught composition at the Royal College of Music, was said to feel that his identification with television and film scores had not improved his chances of being taken seriously.

          Barrington Somers Pheloung was born into a Roman Catholic family on May 10 1954 at Manly, New South Wales, and grew up in Sydney’s northern suburbs. He began playing R&B guitar in clubs, but his discovery of Bach in his late teens prompted a change of direction.

          After working as a postman to raise the money, at the age of 18 he moved to London to study classical guitar under John Williams and Julian Bream at the Royal College of Music.

          But he also studied composition and conducting and it was these that became the focus of his career after he began getting commissions for ballet scores.

          He would go on to compose 52 scores for ballet and dance companies in Britain and Europe, including Run Like Thunder and Rite Elektrik. Other commissions include scores for the West End production of The Graduate, starring Kathleen Turner and later Jerry Hall, and The Wheel of Fire, a 2001 musical and theatrical
          spectacular performed by China's Shaolin monks.

          John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse, right, and Kevin Whately as his sergeant, Lewis CREDIT: JOHN MANTHORPE/TELEVISION STILLS

          One of his early works caught the attention of the director Anthony Minghella, who commissioned him to write the score for his stage play Made In Bangkok in 1986, and at about the same time he got his first television commission, scoring the Michael Elphick crime drama Boon.

          As well as Inspector Morse, he went on to score dozens of other television series, including Dalziel and Pascoe. His film music credits include Minghella’s Truly, Madly, Deeply (1992), the 2005 rom-com Shopgirl (“Philip Glass on Prozac” wrote one critic) and Hilary & Jackie (1998), based on the life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pre, for which he earned a second Bafta nomination. He also composed the first music played at the Millennium Dome on New Year’s Eve 1999.
          Barrington Pheloung, 1993 CREDIT: ITV/REX

          Pheloung was virtually unknown in his native Australia, a fact he regretted. “If I’d stayed here I would have ended up a much better surfer and a relatively successful blues guitarist,” he told an Australian newspaper in 2001, “but I made my profession from composing. My greatest ambition is to do all the things I do but live in my own country.”

          Pheloung rediscovered his Catholicism late in life. It became very important to him, and he attended daily Mass whenever he could.

          Pheloung is survived by his wife Heather, and by their three sons and a daughter.

          Barrington Pheloung, born May 10 1954, died July 31 2019
          Last edited by Maurice; 6th August 2019, 11:13 AM.


          • #6
            He was featured on the BBC Radio 4 "Last Word" programme on Friday 9 August: starting at 25m00s.


            • #7
              The Guardian obituary