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Obituary: Award-winning game composer Normand Corbeil

Obituary: Award-winning game composer Normand Corbeil
January 28, 2013 | By Frank Cifaldi

January 28, 2013 | By Frank Cifaldi
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Award winning video game and film composer Normand Corbeil, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Friday. He was 56 years old.

Corbeil was a classical composer who conducted orchestras around the world. The game development community will know his work for Parisian developer Quantic Dream, where he composed the scores for Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy) and Heavy Rain. He was working on the studio's next game, Beyond: Two Souls, at the time of his death.

"Normand was not only one of the most talented composers of his generation; he was a formidable person, kind and humble," the studio wrote in remembrance.

He was the recipient of multiple awards and honors throughout his career, including both a BAFTA and an AIAS award for his Heavy Rain score and two Primetime Emmy nominations for his film work.

Corbeil was born in Quebec, Canada. According to his biography, he wrote music for over forty-five films and several miniseries, in addition to his work with Quantum Dream. He was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in August of last year, and passed just over five short months later.

"He was a great composer and an amazing dad... I am in shock," Corbeil's son Laurent wrote.

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