Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, has announced his project Wild Symphony, an illustrated children’s book as well as an album ith orchestral music. It reveals the author as a musician and composer who counts himself among those inspired at a young age by Peter and the Wolf, The Carnival of the Animals, and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The project will be released on September 1, 2020.

Featuring music produced by Bob Lord and Parma Recordings and performed by the Zagreb Festival Orchestra, Wild Symphony « fuses family-friendly sounds, pithy poetry with a positive message, and delightfully playful illustrations in a refreshingly real experience for our digital age », the press release says.

« I love storytelling, and my novels always attempt to weave together varied themes,” Brown explains. “With Wild Symphony I was excited to build on this idea and create a truly layered experience by using three different languages simultaneously—art, music, and words. In the same way that an opera captivates its audience by presenting beautiful sets, dramatic music, and lyrical drama, Wild Symphony strives to be an immersive feast for eyes, ears, and mind, all at the same time. »

Wild Symphony tells the story of Maestro Mouse and his animal friends embarking on a journey of discovery and friendship. The book will be enhanced with a smartphone app that uses augmented reality to play music from Wild Symphony which corresponds to each animal when the camera of a mobile device is held over its page.

The recording of Wild Symphony, conducted by Miran Vaupotić, orchestrated by Karl Blench, will be released alongside the book on all major digital distribution platforms.

Live performances of Wild Symphony will be presented by orchestras worldwide.

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