Film and TV composer Normand Corbeil’s untimely death at age 56


January 29, 2013

The award-winning film and television composer Normand Corbeil, a SOCAN member, died on Jan. 25, 2013, at the age of 56. A highly successful audio-visual composer, Corbeil had collected two audiovisual music composition awards on Sept. 13, 2012, as part of the Crafts segment of the 27th annual Gémeaux Awards celebrating excellence in French-language television in Canada for the Vertige series – one for best original music score for a dramatic series, and one for best music theme, all categories. Also a Genie and Jutra award winner, he was nominated for two Primetime Emmys.

Much in-demand in the U.S., Corbeil’s name became associated over the years with American stars like Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, John Cusack and Rupert Graves in widely distributed film productions such as Contract and White Noise 2: The Light. Besides scoring such successful Quebec films as Babine, Grande Ourse and Le Déserteur, Corbeil contributed original video game music to Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. The news of his death created a buzz of comments and tributes from video game aficionados on the internet.

Corbeil is survived by his wife and two sons, and will be missed by the SOCAN community.