Den Högre Musiken (The Higher Music)

“When the first book ends, I am left with a real cliffhanger, and just can’t wait to read part nr two. This is a really marvellous fantasy story.” Kerstin Hagstrand-Velicu. Swedish Library Magazine, sept 2017

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Elena is a young girl, who lives in a world not so different from ours about 300 years ago. But in this world, there are people with a special gift, the Spark, who with the help of music can practice magic. As a small child, Elena loses her family to the Soulless – humans who are infested by Silencio (the evil plague that threatens the existance of the World). It is then also discovered that she has the Spark.

In the first book in the Series, “Provet i Philipopolis” (the Philipopolis Examination), we follow her life at the Institute, a boarding school for young music students in Bulgaria. One day, Ahmad, a member of the powerful organisation Oktaven (the Octave), arrives to see if he can find any children with the Spark to bring to Scola Kosmomusiologis, a special school in Sweden for children who have the Spark. In the second novel in the series, “Scola Kosmomusiologis”, we follow Elena’s life at this school (which is modeled on the existing Svaneholm castle), and her first big struggle against Silencio. The story of Elena is intertwined with those of her fellow students and teachers, but above all with the story of the young boy Boban,  one of her fellow students at the Institute. Boban also has the Spark, but is infested by the Silencio plague by Axes, a powerful man who is deeply caught in the Silencio web. More books in the series are in the making.

“The Higher Music” is a novel series in the fantasy genre for young readers from the age of 10 and above, but can also be read with great appreciation by adults. The author is Pär Moberg, who is a freelance musician, composer and pedagogue within folk and world music, but who has also been writing text a lot. The books of course deal a lot with music, and hence there’s also sheet music of  lots of music pieces referred to in the text, spread out within the book. All music is composed by Pär, and he has also let a lot of fantastic musicians of different backgrounds record the music, so you can listen to it. A first cd of music from the first book is already available for digital distribution, and a cd with music from the second book is in the making.

N.B: the books are so far only available in Swedish. Publishers who wish to have the book translated to English or other languages, please contact me!

Part 1. “Provet i Philipopolis”

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Del 2. Scola Kosmomusiologis

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Wanna buy a paper book (Swedish)? email pm at evolvingtraditions.se. The books are 150 SEK each, 250 for both, and payment is possible via invoice or credit card (paypal). Shipping not included.

Background

Besides his wish to write fiction and create a fascinating literary world, Pär has also been motivated by a pedagogical idea. In the life choices of young people, role models are extremely important. Today there’s very hard competition between different activities for the time of young people, and here the playing of acoustic instruments, which requires quite a lot of time to reach a good level, has a hard time standing it’s ground. Where would a young girl today even get the idea to start playing the French horn or the bagpipes? Who will be her great role model, which she can look up to and try to be like?

At the same time, we see that many young people spend a lot of time in, and get very inspired by, different kinds of fictional worlds.  That’s how the idea was born in Pär’s head, to create a fictional, magic world, where it’s the playing of acoustic instruments that is cool and important.  Hopefully, young persons who read the books (or meet this world in other ways) will be inspired to start, or to continue, playing acoustic instruments. Especially in the crucial age of 14 to 15 years when very many children stop playing.

Hopefully, young musicians will also become curious to try and play the music in the book, make their own interpretations of it, and perhaps also start writing their own “fan fiction” (stories happening in the same world) or “fan music”. In the future, Pär hopes to create a digital platform for this, where young people (and adults) with an interest in Music can meet and interact in the world of The Higher Music!