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The Curse of the Ninth (16)

"It seems that the Ninth is a limit. He who wants to go beyond it must pass away. It seems as if something might be imparted to us in the Tenth which we ought not yet to know, for which we are not ready. Those who have written a Ninth stood too close to the hereafter." – Arnold Schoenberg

Shostakovich was believed to be the first to break the curse with his Symphony No. 10.