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This is a strange phenomenon in classical music: Scads of composers compose nine symphonies, then die. These include:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Gustav Mahler
Antonin Dvorak
Anton Bruckner
Franz Schubert1
Sir Malcolm Arnold
Ralph Vaughan Williams

And several others. It occurs to me that perhaps after a while it became fashionable to die after composing your ninth symphony.
1Well, you caught me here. It seems a tenth symphony of Schubert's was recently discovered. And, yeah, Beethoven had sketched out a tenth. Maybe it's just an urban legend.

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