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Self-reply: Crap, there actually are examples. Ignore that part. But everything else I said was correct.
I would like to challenge this deletion, which is made harder by the "discuss" button on the Cut List redirecting to the Cut List...
Theme and Variations is a backbone of classical music, even in works that do not call themselves "variations." That is how these works get so complex and remain interesting.
This is common in any form of music that goes much past Three Chords and the Truth or Single Stanza Songs. It is not frequently cited for the same reason the camera tropes are often overlooked — it's ubiquitous.
The Variable Mix is a type of Theme and Variations. It's not the only type, and is not even the only modern type. Aside from those classical works listed, I've heard this in every Andrew Lloyd Webber work I've ever heard...
ETA: Okay, so this is specifically for the classical genre as a classical subgenre. It's still not the same as a Variable Mix. I think an index might help...
There may be other reasons to cut, but if this is not elsewhere, this is valid for something.
This is a centuries old music trope. Variable Mix is by definition an audiovisual trope. Definitely not going to cut this.
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