Philharmonic Name Game [the clues]

NOTE. This puzzle was devised by the present author, and lent out to an onomast for larks. It is now brought home to roost in the Mangan paper. ~Q~

Transcultural name changes – whether they are serious or jocular, voluntary or otherwise, made for a legal measure or for waggish pleasure – have been around for as long as there have been persons displaced, lives reїnvented, or careers in hope of advancement.

Most notably in the world of classical music, we have the old joke propounded by Victor Borge, as he intimated to audiences that the composer of Rigoletto was actually known as “Joe Green” to his friends – and that Giuseppe Verdi was merely a fancy stage-name. (In Evil Under the Sun, Inspector Poirot solves a crime by interpreting a character’s jesting remark about the translated name  “Joe Green”.)

Advancing a career will sometimes necessitate the changing of one’s name in earnest. The Neapolitan composer Domenico Scarlatti went to work at the Spanish court and became Domingo Escarlate. Georg Friedrich Händel sought fame and fortune in England, and thus the form of his name altered with his circumstance when he made the crossing from Hanover to London as George Frideric Handel. The Bohemian musician Anton Rössler emigrated south to Italy (a common career move for Northern composers in the eighteenth century) and thereafter was known as Antonio Rosetti.

In the present puzzle you can see twenty-five translated names of people (watch for befuddling nicknames) ; and in a separate post you will then find the twenty-five solutions, which are the individuals’ actual names, accompanied by a gloss where it was deemed useful or enlightening. Those answers, shown in the subsequent post, are all reasonably well known names from the world of classical music. Each of them reveals a famous composer or conductor.

The name of Pietro Mascagni, for example, though not among the present puzzles, might be disguised in a putative jesting translation as “Pete Sly”.

In almost all cases the transformative concealments were made using only five major European languages, English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian (though there are a few wild cards in the puzzles, such as a Hungarian surname for a solution, an Anglicised Scots rendering in a clue, and a modified Yiddish form).

So roll up the sleeve of onomastic care, and have a go !

1. Vlado Tedesco
2. Chip Brooks
3. Masetto Belcampo
4. Lou Batavia
5. Whitey Montaine
6. Francesco da Ponte
7. Giovanni Coppola
8. Mark Joyner
9. Carlo Neri
10. Achilles Bussy
11. Tony Curtis
12. Willie Fortune
13. Beppo Paesano
14. Jean Bourdon
15. Waldo Chick
16. George Groves
17. Francesco Farina
18. Claude Greenberg
19. Charlie McNeill
20. Louis IX
21. Joey Chinatown
22. Fred Creamer
23. Klaus Schädel
24. Mischa Thomashefsky
25. Pedro Brujo











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