While we are on the subject of symphonies, here are some, er, symphony-etic fun facts:
Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, and Mahler all died before completing a tenth symphony.
John Paine was a professor at Harvard University, occupying the first chair of music in a U.S. university. His In Spring, which debuted in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1848 was the first American symphony published in the United States.
Amy Beach's Gaelic Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1896, was the first such work by an American woman,
Havergal Brian's Symphony No. 1, the "Gothic", requires over 800 musicians to perform, including 82 string players.
The highest charting "Symphony"- titled track in the US was The Supremes' "I Hear a Symphony
," which topped the Hot 100 in 1965. In the UK the honor goes to The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony
," which peaked at #2 in 1997.