'The Ballad of Midsomer County', performed by Lucie Jones and Seth Lakeman in the episode of the same title, is currently available on a new Midsomer Murders CD, released by Silva Screen - details below.
Midsomer Murders Folk Theme - Seth Lakeman
The Ballad of Midsomer County - Lucie Jones accompanied by Seth Lakeman
Pagan Ceremony - Jim Parker - 'Murder
The Ballad of Midsomer County - Lucie Jones & Seth Lakeman
The Lake - Jim Parker - 'A
Merrily Kissed the Quakerâs Wife - The Nettlebed Collective
The Bold Grenadier - Clarke
Peters with The Nettlebed Collective
Available from http://www.amazon.co.uk
soundtrack of some of the music heard in the series has recently
been released in Germany
Available from http://www.amazon.de
A limited edition of the German DVD set Volume 10 also includes a special bonus CD
1. Funeral Dance
2. Midsomer Rhapsody
3. High Jinks
4. Death on Stage
5. Scarborough Fair
6. Hunt and Kill
7. The Cowboy
8. Miss Compton's Regret
9. Scratching the Paintwork
10. Spark Plug
Available from http://www.amazon.de
A CD was also given away as a bonus item to subscribers of the U.K. GE Fabbric DVD/Magazine part-work.
This is no longer available
track listing is the same as the
U.K. CD Release from 1998 by Oceandeep
The music for Midsomer Murders was written by Jim Parker, one of the most established composers of British Television music. Among his credits are 'Soldier Soldier', 'The House of Elliot', 'House of Cards', the T.V. adaptation of 'Tom Jones', 'To Play the King' and Moll Flanders, the latter three for which he received BAFTA awards.
In addition to his television achievements Jim Parker is a classically trained oboe player and has an honorary degree from the Guildhall School of Music. He is also a classical composer, his works include music for wind and brass ensembles and a clarinet concerto.
He has also written the music for the following:
1998 - My Summer with Des - TV
1998 - Lost for Words -TV
1998 - A Rather English Marriage - TV
1997 - The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling -mini TV Series
1997 - Deadly Summer - TV
1996 - The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders - TV
1995 - The Final Cut -mini TV Series
1995 - An Independent Man
1994 - Body and Soul - mini TV Series
1994 - To Play the King - TV
1993 - Pirate Prince - TV
1990 - The Finding - TV
1987 - The Moneymen - TV
1986 - Season's Greetings - TV
1985 - Mapp & Lucia - TV Series
1985 - Absurd Person Singular - TV
1985 - Time After Time
- Changing Rooms - TV - current
- Ground Force - TV - current - popular gardening programme
For the Midsomer Murders theme tune he introduced the use of a novel instrument called 'The Theremin'. It was invented by Russian Scientist, Professor Leon Theremin and was first demonstrated in 1920. It pre-dates the modern synthesizer by about fifty years but it's uniqueness stems from the fact that it it is played without actually being touched! It's electrical circuits are controlled by two antennas, left and right of the instrument, towards which the player moves his or her hands. The closer the right hand to the antenna the higher the ptich, with a similar arrangement pertaining to the volume controlled by the left hand.
The Theremin has a range well in excess of eight octaves, going right down to zero, and is capable of all kinds of strange effects. These sounds have been put to use in science fiction and other films including Hitchcock's spellbound. This unique instrument has also been used on The Beach Boys 'Good Virbrations'. Nowadays it's use in modern compositions is extremely rare.
Information on The Theremin is taken from the C.D. cover of the Midsomer Murders album.
DARK AUTUMN MUSIC
The music heard before each death in Dark Autumn is called 'The Creep', composed by Ken Mackintosh/Brian Fahey/Gordon Langhorn. It is currently available on the following CD:
Mackintosh & his Orchestra
EMI Gold Series
7243 5 26345 2 1
Troy and WPC Jay Nash dance to a song called 'Tangerine', written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger in 1941. The version used in 'Dark Autumn' is by Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra and sung by Bob Eberly who was a regular vocalist with the orchestra. Bob Eberly is joined by Helen O'Connell on the second part of the recording, however, it is only the first part of the song that is heard in 'Dark Autumn'. The song is available on several CDs including:
Too Marvelous for Words
24 Songs of Johnny Mercer
ASV Living Era
CD AJA 5230
Also heard in 'Dark Autumn':
Ted Heath - Hot Toddy
The piece at the end of the episode, in the ballroom, is 'Bernie's Tune' which is a multi-recorded jazz item written by Gerry Mulligan.
With thanks to J.B. Robinson for this extra information
RING OUT YOUR DEAD/DEATH OF A HOLLOW MAN MUSIC
The opening music heard in 'Ring Out Your Dead' is called 'Libera me'. The haunting choral music heard in 'Death of a Hollow Man' is called 'Agnus Dei'. Both tracks can be found on the CD 'The Best of Midsomer Murders'.
DEATH AND DREAMS MUSIC
used in this episode was 'The City of Oxford Band'. The pieces played
by the band were arrangements by Jim Parker of 'Mozarts Rondo Ala
Turk' and of Jim Parker's 'Benidorm'.
With thanks to Ed Clark of 'The City of Oxford Band' for this information. You can find out more information about the band at http://www.cosb.co.uk.
The City of Oxford Band dressed for Midsomer Murders!
with thanks to the Band for letting me use this picture