This firm published popular music from 1886 in Berlin. There was already a trend, created by the mass market and improved printing and distribution technology, for cheap editions, as with Breitkopf and Hartel's Volksausgabe (1876), but Kunz revolutionized the market with its low-priced Musikalische Volksbibliothek. They brought in the era of Pfennig-Musik, a vast collection of short pieces priced at an impossibly low 10 pfennigs each. Competitors could not afford to go below 20 pfennigs (as with Carl Rühle's 20 Pfennige Musikalische Bibiliothek) per item. By 1914 there were 5000 items in the catalog and sales were over 30 million copies. Kunz also collected its items in 'Mappe' (folders).
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|161||Krell, E.||Schmetterlinge, Op.40||1891|
|1023||Blumenberg||Die Heilige Christnacht, Op.167|
|3573-5||Bériot||Air with Variations No.8, Op.42|
|4259||Erichson||An den Ufern des Don, Op.65|