DATA OF THE BOOK• TITLE: Trumpet voluntary• WRITER: Jeremy Harmer• PUBLISHING: Cambridge University Press• FIRST PUBLISHED: 1999• BOOK TYPE: Modern, original fiction and a book full of suspense for learners of English.• LANGUAGE: English• LEVEL: Cambridge English Readers Level 6• BINDING: Hardback book• CHAPTERS: 11• PAGES: 111
CHARACTERS• Derek Armstrong: He is a viola player, the main character. He goes to London to study music and meets two women who change his live.• Malgosia Armstrong: A trumpet player. This young girl is Derek’s wife. She is from Poland and she is studying in London.• Tibor Arkadi: A pianist and trumpet player. He is the most popular guy in the school. He is very famous among girls because of his appeal and his sense of humour.• Rosemary Green: An editor and one of Malgosia’s friends.• Carl Robins: A violinist who plays in a quartet.
• Rachel Merino : A cellist who studies in the same music academy as the main character.• Matt Jenkins: A violinist.• Ken Awolowo: A law student from Nigeria.• Teresa Kowalewska: Malgosia’s mother.• Jacek Kowaleska: Malgosia’s father.• Anja Kowalewska: Malgosia’s sister.• Sandra Andrade: A Brazilian student in Rio de Janeiro.• Oswaldo Morales: A Cuban private detective.• Paul Brewster: An English teacher in Rio de Janeiro.
PLOTA musician disappears leaving only a strange e-mail message behindher. Her husband, in a desperate search to find her, revisits their sharedpast and has to face up to some unpleasant realities, before trying torebuild his life. His journey of discovery takes us across the differentplaces where the story takes place like Rio de janeiro, London andPoland.
SUMMARYDerek remembers how his life has reached the point where he is at the moment,married to his best friend from the music academy. The story begins when hearrived in London to learn music many years ago. There, he met many differentpeople who would be really important in his future. The most important event of thisperiod of his life was his falling in love with a Polish girl named Malgosia who fell inlove with a music student who was the most popular student in the school, Tibor.He went went on studying and started to play in a quartet where he met Rachel.After the first summer holidays in the school Malgosia broke up with Tibor andDerek won her Malgosia and they married after finishing their studies at theacademy and they lived together in London.Malgosia began to go on many trips to Scotland alone to relax but the truth was thatshe was keeping in touch with Tibor.One day she disappeared and Derek discovered an e-mail from Tibor to his wifewhere he was asking her to bring poison to Rio de Janeiro. He decided to travel toRio. Two friends helped him so he found them but he was shot when he tried torescue her. His wife was poisoned and Derek went to Poland where Malgosia wasand finally died.He decided to come back to England and he was arrested by the police because ofhis wife’s crimes. Rachel’s mother helped him and he fell in love with Rachel.
MUSICAL VOCABULARYTrumpet voluntary: It’s the name of a piece of music for trumpet by the composer Jeremiah Clarke (1659-1707) who killed himself after being disappointed in love.Quartet: Musical group formed by four instruments, usually two violins, a viola and a cello. The quartet of this book are two violins, a trumpet and a cello.Orchestra: This word comes from Greek and means “place to dance” when performances were made in outdoor theatres. Today orchestra refers to a group of musicians playing together.
THE WRITERJeremy Harmer is a teacher, a teacher trainer and an author of books andarticles for both teachers and students of English as a foreign or secondlanguage. He is also a singer and song-writer. Music is a major part of hislife, both as a keen listener and as a performer. He lives in Cambridge. Heplays the viola in The Cambridge Philarmonic Society.
LOCATIONThe book is set in: DUNDONNELL ENGLAND: LONDON WARSAW LONDON SCOTLAND: DUNDONNELL BRAZIL: RIO DE JANEIRO SAO PAULO RECIFE POLAND: RECIFE WARSAW RIO DE JANEIRO SAO PAULO
LONDONRoyal Academy of Music: It is located in the heart of London. It was founded in 1822 and many famous musicians –singers, players and composers- studied at the Academy. Some have returned as teachers to stimulate new generations of musicians.Theatre Royal Druny Lane: It is the oldest theatre site in London. It was opened in 1663.Covent Garden: It is a district of London, located in the eastern part of the city. The area is dominated by shopping, street performers and included an entrance to The Royal Opera House, which is known as Covent Garden.Putney Bridge: It is a bridge crossing over the river Thames in west London.
DUNDONNELL (SCOTLAND)It is situated next to one ofScotland’s last great wildernessareas, the Fisherfield Forest.It is the perfect place for aniche holiday on which you cando different activities likecanoeing, mountain climbingand hiking.
BRAZILBrasilia is the political capital of Brazil and SaoPaulo is the financial seat, but Rio de Janeirois the historical and tourism capital with itsfamous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanemaand the huge Christ the Redeemer.Recife is one of the largest cities in Brazil withthe most famous urban, sandy beaches withwarm green waters and also with a completeinfrastructure of hotels, restaurants andservices.
WARSAW (POLAND)It is located in the heart of Poland,it spreads along both banks of theVistula river. It is a city ofcontrasts, you can find modernskyscrapers and historicmonuments in its streets.
PERSONAL OPINIONIt is a book that reflects what often happens in real life, when you fall in lovewith someone you think you know a person and in reality love makesyou blind and do not see more than what you want to see.I recommend this book because the plot makes you keep on reading untilthe end, where nothing is as it begins.The book combines different elements such as music, which is the writer’spassion, with the different places where the main character has to go toseek the answers.Despite being a short book it deals with many issues which you canexplore.
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