“Il suffit d’ajouter ‚militaire’ à un mot pour lui faire perdre sa signification. Ainsi la justice militaire n’est pas la justice, la musique militaire n’est pas la musique.“ (Georges Clemenceau)
(It is enough to add ‘military’ to a word for it to lose its meaning. Hence military justice is not justice, military music is not music.)
Musical life in the other belligerent states was hardly different from that in Austria-Hungary or Germany. There too folk songs were turned into battle songs and the vast majority of musicians placed themselves at the service of the patriotic cause.