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What's your favourite piece?

  • The king. The challenger is horribile (1 point).

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The king. The challenger is quite bad (2 points).

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  • The king. The challenger is not so good and not so bad (3 points).

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  • The king. However the challenger is good (4 points).

    Votes: 2 33.3%
  • The king. However the challenger is very good (5 points).

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • The king. However the challenger is excellent (6 points).

    Votes: 2 33.3%
  • The challenger. It's horrible, but still better than the king (1 point).

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  • The challenger. It's quite bad, but still better than the king (2 points).

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  • The challenger. It's not so good and not so bad, but still better than the king. (3 points).

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  • The challenger, which is good (4 points).

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  • The challenger, which is very good (5 points).

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  • The challenger, which is excellent (6 points).

    Votes: 1 16.7%
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Well, one of the 'problems' is, imho, that BWV 1080 is just one 'opus' number.
Being considered one work, one composition.

So... we compare for instance BWV 1080 with BWV 552. But BWV 552 is also/actually part of Clavier-Übung III.
Like BWV 1049 is part of the Brandenburg Concertos
And the 6 partitas BWV 825-830 are Clavier-Übung I.
And BWV 831 & 971 are, together, Clavier-Übung II.
And BWV 846-893 are, in Schmieder's catalogue, considered 'split' compositions, but together they form Das wohltemperierte Clavier.
Whilst, on the other hand, all the different variations of Clavier-Übung IV are known as one composition, BWV 988, the Goldberg Variations.
And all the different canons/fugues/sonatas/ricercares of Das musikalische Opfer are known as one composition: BWV 1079.

(These lists or examples can be endless of course.)

It would have been a much tougher choice for me if we would compare BWV 1080 (which was perhaps meant to become Clavier-Übung V), with for instance the entire work of Clavier-Übung III, with all its different and magnificent pieces (mainly chorale arrangements for the organ).

To me, if one compares solely BWV numbers with/to each other, only compositions like BWV 244 and 232 would be able to 'beat' BWV 1080.

Of course, this goes without saying, this is all personal. And I do understand that these polls are just meant to be fun. So let's carry on. ;)
 
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