December 2008

The winning Schoenburger, at last!

December 11, 2008 09:52

Thank you to all of the participants in the first-ever (that I know of) Schoenburger recipe contest, suggested by member Stephen Brivati. I enjoyed reading the submissions.

Congratulations to 14-year-old winner Sayre P.! This recipe may be sweeter than Schoenberg’s reputation, but it’s imaginative and thoughtful. According to reliable sources, Schoenberg loved birthdays – so I just had to honor this entry. Here’s the winner:

In honor of Arnold Schoenberg’s 134th birthday on September 13th, my Schoenburger is a sweet and delectable “birthday burger.” My recipe follows:
  • Bun- sponge cake, frosted with maple brown sugar icing, topped with Rice Krispies in place of sesame seeds
  • Burger patty- chocolate cake coated with Oreo crumbs
  • Lettuce- green gummy worms
  • Pickles- kiwi
  • Cheese- a slab of the sponge cake, slathered with yellow sprinkles
  • Ketchup- strawberry sauce
  • Mustard- yellow apricot sauce

And you can’t forget a candle to sing Mr. S “Happy Birthday!”

So, why use the ingredients I chose? Here are some of my reasons:

  • Gummy worms are hard to chew, which reminds me of Schoenberg’s Fantasy for Violin and Piano- it has unusual chords and fingering in the violin part
  • Rice Krispies are my favorite cereal, and I eat them most every day- just like I “digest” Schoenberg’s music on a daily basis
  • Chocolate cake is a favorite “food” of Americans, similar to Schoenberg’s “Weihnachtmusik” is a traditional Christmas song
  • Kiwi skins are tough on the outside, like a first impression of Schoenberg. But once you get past that and learn about his past, you will find his reasoning for his style of composure, and really start to enjoy his music- just like you enjoy the sweet meat of the kiwi after you get past the skin
  • The dark Oreo crumbs represent a badly cooked patty, which aligns with one of Schoenberg’s famous quotes: “My music is not modern, it is merely badly played.”
  • Finally, my burger was overcooked for exactly 13 minutes- representing Schoenberg’s triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13, which may have been the root of his death

And because not everyone’s experiences with Schoenberg are positive, I award an honorable mention to the final words of 22-year-old Daniel Fuchs’s recipe:

"When you have finished creating your Schoenburger, don’t be disappointed if it tastes disgusting. This is absolutely normal. There are two ways to deal with that problem:

First, you can try the burger again and again. Perhaps one day you might like it. Perhaps you aren’t mature enough for it yet.

Second, you can just tell other people you like it very much. Probably they will admire your intelligent and progressive taste. ;)"


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