Dan Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the worldwide publishing phenomenon The DaVinci Code, is renowned for exciting twists and turns, and now he has unleashed his latest surprise.
Wild Symphony, the new illustrated children’s book and orchestral music recording by Brown, reveals the author as a lifelong 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.
“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.”
From the joyous rhythms of “Bouncing Kangaroo” to the mysterious melodies of “Wondrous Whale” to the hair-raising harmonies of “Brilliant Bat,” 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.
“Wild Symphony combines tradition and tech in signature Dan Brown fashion,” says Lord, CEO of PARMA. “The concert hall needs a new classic, and Wild Symphony is a fresh, vivacious journey for children and parents alike.”
Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will release the book and classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes will distribute the printed music. Artist Susan Batori created the illustrations.
The recording of Wild Symphony, conducted by Miran Vaupotić, orchestrated by Karl Blench, and mastered by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, will be released alongside the book on all major digital distribution platforms.