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So it is perhaps not surprising that - although there were initially no influential agencies for the coordination of propaganda - German composers, lyricists and publishers quickly switched to the production of national songs that glorified the war, such as Hofmeister's musical and literary monthly reports Make music clear.

Just days after the so-called battle near Tannenberg, a large number of songs were released that glorified one of the three commanders in chief, Paul von Hindenburg.

In addition to printing notes, which had developed into an inexpensive medium accessible to broad sections of the population as a result of technological changes in the second half of the 19th century, the young mass medium of the picture postcard was also influenced accordingly.

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Knowing this background it does not surprise that - although there was no central governmental institution for the coordination of propaganda - German composers, lyricists and publishers virtually from one day to the next changed their production to songs glorifying war and the nation as can be seen in the September 1914 edition of “Hofmeister's musical-literary monthly reports”, a monthly catalog of published sheet music.

Only days after the so called battle of Tannenberg, one of the most important German victories of the early war, a great number of songs were published which glorified one the three German leaders of the battle, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg.

Besides the music press, which had developed into a mass media affordable to large sections of the population during the 19th century, the young mass media of the picture postcard was influenced by the war.

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