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.