Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Best Burger in New York / The Genius of Mozart's Gran Partita

So I made a pretty amazing discovery tonight (well, amazing in a completely nerdy but awesome way).  I've been watching a lot of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix lately, especially when I'm working on reeds.  I was just finishing up some reeds, when I saw the following clip from the episode, "The Best Burger in New York:"

Something about the way Marshall says, "and then . . . a pickle," rang a bell in my mind.  It reminded me of that scene in Amadeus, the one where Salieri is describing the genius of Mozart, particularly in the Gran Partita:  "and then . . . an oboe." So I found it on YouTube:


Amazing, no?  Marshall's hamburger soliloquy is an homage to Salieri's in Amadeus!!!  If you listen very closely to the scene in HIMYM, you can even hear the Gran Partita in the background :)  I am pretty impressed with the creators of HIMYM that they were able to insert "high culture" into this scene in such a sly way!  And I love everything involved: the Gran Partita, hamburgers, the oboe, pickles, HIMYM, Amadeus, and of course, Mozart.