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In the world of Classical Music, a composer would generally not go to a publisher with a single piece of music, unless it was a major composition like a symphony. Composers would write a suite of pieces like Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel) or a series of sonatas. The publisher would assign an opus number to that work or collection of works, usually in order for that particular composer. So a composer's "Opus 1" would mean that is the composer's first published work. This is why some pieces are called, for example, Opus 12 #4. This piece is part of the published opus 12, and it is the fourth piece in the collection.

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