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The curse of the ninth symphony
The ninth symphony curse, also known as the "nine" spell, is a great superstition in the Western music industry, mainly referring to the composer after Beethoven, who will die shortly after the creation of the ninth symphony.
This superstition is believed to have started with the Austrian composer Mahler. While creating his ninth symphonic work, The Song of the Earth, although the subtitle was written as a symphony, he deliberately did not number it. This move can not help but be interpreted as Mahler in order to avoid the death of the footsteps of Beethoven, only to do this. Although Mahler believed that this move allowed him to avoid the curse, he eventually cursed and left after writing his ninth symphony, leaving the manuscript of the unfinished tenth symphony fragment. At that time, Mahler believed that the composer who had previously used this curse was only Beethoven and his teacher Bruckner, and the other might be the lesser-known Louis Scheffer. It is said that Bruckner himself was also plagued by this spell, but not because of the number of his own symphony, but his ninth symphony and Beethoven in d minor. In fact, before the creation of the first symphony, Bruckner had created two symphonies, the number zero that he himself called the "f minor internship symphony", and the zero t in his own declared invalid. Symphony.
Today, many people think that both Schubert and Devzak are cursers, because the last symphony number of the two is also "No. 9." But in the days of Mahler, no one thought they were cursers. This is due to the fact that the Germans used to sort the symphony numbers of the two of them at the time, which is quite different from today. The so-called Supper C ninth symphony "Great" was numbered seventh at the time; and Defzak was only published in five symphonies, and earlier manuscripts were considered to have been lost. It was discovered by scholars; therefore today's Defzak's ninth symphony in the e minor "New World" was numbered fifth.
After Mahler, Kurt Attberg, Alfred Schnittke, Roger Sehins, Leif Fohan Williams, Egon Verrets and Malcolm • Arnold is considered a curse. Alexander Glazunov is the most interesting one in the cloud. After completing his first movement in the t minor ninth symphony, he never gave his ninth when he died 26 years later. The symphony continues to be written down.
However, there are also many composers who can get rid of this curse, the most famous of which is the Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich. When he was writing his own ninth symphony, it was said that the Soviet authorities had pressured and sent Shaw to ask him to create a great work equivalent to the ninth symphony of Beethoven, praising the Soviet Union under Stalin. But Xiao’s uncharacteristically wrote his ninth symphony into a very brisk, slightly ironic work. In the third movement of this symphony, Xiao quoted some of the movements of Beethoven and Mahler's ninth symphony, and arranged for the bassoon to be played with irony. Xiao arranged a mischievous ending for his ninth symphony. In his life, he created a total of fifteen symphonies, plus his reputation, became the most famous composer.
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