How ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera Approached The Challenge Of Scoring The Traditionally Silent Game Of Chess

How ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera Approached The Challenge Of Scoring The Traditionally Silent Game Of Chess
Chess is a game of intense concentration, with silence only broken by the ticking of the timer. For composer Carlos Rafael Rivera, the task of scoring such a game in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit was impossible, so he opted for a very different approach. Instead of scoring a game, he would score the player.

Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy at the heart of the show. Her goal is to beat the Russian Grandmasters in Moscow, while trying to overcome childhood trauma and addiction problems.

With the focus of the music shifted away from the game and more towards the player, Rafael Rivera centered his score around Harmon’s emotional state. As she grew as a person on screen, the music grew along with her.

Deadline: How did you arrive at the decision to split the theme for the main character, Beth Harmon, into multiple parts?
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