Artist Emil Orlik’s famous 1902 etching of Gustav Mahler (flickr.com)
With Halloween approaching, let’s take a minute to explore one of classical music’s more ghoulish superstitions: The Curse of the Ninth. In a nutshell, the curse is the belief that a composer will die after completing their ninth symphony. Even though plenty of composers have written more than nine symphonies (see Haydn), the curse still looms over the music.
Let’s take a haunted stroll down memory lane and remember some victims of the classical world’s answer to the 27 Club. Full story.