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date: 17 November 2019

Beck, Christophe [Chris ]locked

  • Neil Lerner

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(b Montreal, 9 Jan 1969). Canadian composer of television and film scores. After taking private music lessons and playing with rock bands, he attended Yale University (BA 1992) where he studied music composition and wrote two musicals and an opera. He then studied at the University of Southern California’s film scoring programme (1992–3) where his teachers included Jerry Goldsmith. After getting his first television scoring assignment with the Canadian series ‘White Fang’, Beck went on to score multiple episodes of the critically acclaimed cult television series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. As a series regular for most of seasons two, three, and four, Beck introduced a number of recurring and continually developing melodic motifs that enhanced the narrative and dramatic power of the ironic show. His work on ‘Buffy’ earned him an Emmy award in 1998 for best music composition in a series; after leaving regular composition duties for the series after season five, he made notable returns for the episodes ...

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