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Commissioning Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, receiving letters from Elgar and Dvořák, putting on concerts, and honouring some of the world's best classical musicians, the RPS has shaped the UK's musical landscape for the past 200 years. In celebration of this milestone, we take a look back through the archives at these stunning snapshots of music history.
The Royal Philharmonic Society had a close association with Beethoven, most famously commissioning his Symphony No. 9. This letter is part of a range of correspondence in the RPS Archive at the British Library - top marks if you can decipher his wild handwriting!
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