Friday, 9 March 2012

Intermezzo: famous composers

As usual, the exam committee has put some effort in coming up with a coherent set of names. This year's topic: famous composers and operas. They scrambled some of the names, but I was able to discern the following:

A1 - Claude Debussy (representative/composer), Vincenzo Bellini (street/composer), Scala (city/famous opera house in Milan), Norma (proprietor/famous work of Bellini), Donizetti (inventor/composer)
A2 - Beethoven (inventor/composer), Fidelio (applicant/work of Beethoven)
A3 - Giuseppi Verdi (inventor/composer), Othello (applicant/opera by Verdi/play of Shakespeare)
A4 - Georges Bizet (inventor/composer), La bohème (applicant/famous opera by Puccini)
A5 - Giacomo Puccini (inventor/composer)
A6 - Richard ('Richie' for intimi) Wagner (inventor/composer)

Considering the clear link between Puccini and La bohème, I am expecting an inventive step attack using A4 and A5.

Does anyone know who or what Leon Cavallo, Charly Gouno, Toss KA and Lohen Green refer to?

UPDATE: I see that also D2 included some composers. It is, however, clear that the D paper also aims at the less educated candidate. The composers used there are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz and Johann Strauss.
The mechanical A paper had some funny names only to be understood by the Dutch. In a paper about frying food, Mr. Oliebol and Mr. Beignet come into play. Oliebollen en beignets are typical fried foods for New Year's Eve.

4 comments:

  1. I assume Lohen Green refers to Lohengrin and Toss KA to Tosca.

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    1. You're certainly correct. Those operas are composed by the composers already mentioned in their respective documents.

      Thanks.

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    2. In continuation of my previous post, I believe Leon Cavallo refers to Leoncavallo, the italian composer and Charly Gouno to Charles Gounod, the composer of Faust.

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  2. Thank you for analyzing, i wasn't ware of that! This is a great continuation of the 'funny names tradition' which I particularly recall from the C Exam with the beer brands (Amstel, Leuwen etc...)

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