The Real Little Classical Fake Book - 2nd Edition composed by Various. For Piano/Keyboard. Hal Leonard Fake Books. Classical. Difficulty: medium to medium-difficult. Fakebook. Melody line, chord names and lyrics (on some songs). 413 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.240021).
ISBN 0793516684. With melody line, chord names and lyrics (on some songs). Classical. 6x9 inches.
This fabulous fake book includes nearly every famous classical theme ever written! It's a virtual encyclopedia of classical music, in one complete volume. Features: over 165 classical composers; over 500 classical themes in their original keys; lyrics in their original language; a timeline of major classical composers; categorical listings; more.
About Hal Leonard Fake Books
A "fake book" contains songs written in a concise format that includes only the melody and chords, letting you interpret the song's performance as you feel is appropriate. This is great for quickly learning songs by yourself or with an ensemble.
Each song in a fake book only has a single melody actually written out in notes, which is usually the vocal or lead melody. This melody will have the lyrics written beneath the notes, with each word aligned to its corresponding note. Above the notes of the melody will appear the names of the appropriate chords to play - for example, a "C minor" chord would be written as "Cmin" or Cm", rather than writing out all of the notes in those chords as they appeared in the original version of the song.
This format is very compact, which is why you will often see fakebooks containing 500 or more songs.