Gus­tav Mahler

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BE­WARE NUM­BER NINE

Com­poser Gus­tav Mahler (1860–1911) thought he could cheat death by not nam­ing his ninth sym­phony by num­ber. This was be­cause sev­eral com­posers, in­clud­ing Beethoven and Schu­bert, had died af­ter com­plet­ing their ninth sym­phonies. So Mahler called his ninth The Song of the Earth—and it worked, in a sense. He lived long enough to write most of his tenth sym­phony, though he died be­fore it was per­formed.

EX­CERPTED FROM THE BOOK RECIPES FOR GOOD LUCK: THE SU­PER­STI­TIONS, RIT­U­ALS,AND PRAC­TICES OF EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY PEO­PLE BY ELLEN WE­IN­STEIN, PUB­LISHED BY CHRON­I­CLE BOOKS 2018.

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