Outbreak of the war
End of the war

Announcement for Das Buch des Einarmigen by Géza Zichy, newspaper extract from: Oesterreichisch-ungarische Buchhändler-Correspondenz (No. 43) of 28 October 1914

Géza Zichy lost his arm as a young boy, but nevertheless learned the piano and became a pianist and composer. In 1915 he publish the work Das Buch des Einarmigen “for topical reasons”.

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    Musical Innovations in the First World War

    As far as the history of music is concerned, the First World War did not mark a significant turning-point. This had occurred several years earlier with the advent of atonal music, and for many contemporaries it was this that represented a major catastrophe of a different kind. What the war marked was rather a sharp drop in the production of music, with hardly any really great works being written. Musical life was also adapted to war service within a very short time, and especially at the beginning of the war, when composers and performers were meant to make their contribution to mobilization, their productivity was considerable. What innovations there were resulted primarily from technical developments and the consequences of the war.