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The music itself, if it were published before 1923, would be public domain in the U.S. However, RECORDINGS of these works can be copyrighted.
So, for example, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as a composition is public domain, but a recording of it by the Boston Symphony Orchestra would be copyright, if the recorded was copyrighted (and renewed if necessary).