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The Real Book is a well-known example of a "fake book". For the history of fake books, see What is a Fake Book?. Secret origin of The Real Book Two (anonymous) Berklee students compiled The Real Book sometime between 1971 and 1975. It quickly became very popular, but, since no copyrights had been secured or royalties paid, also very illegal. For ...


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All music,and the 'classical' style in particular, is based on elements of repetition and of variation. It's not really true than changing one note will bring the whole edifice tumbling down! But I sort of see what you're getting at. If writing a fugue, for instance, where each voice states the theme in turn, it would be odd to capriciously vary one of the ...


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