I have seen this composition being referenced many times using different terminology. One thing that is common among all denominations is that it's in G Major.

Here is it referred to as the Sonata 5, while here as the Suite 4. Other websites sometimes refer to it in the same contradictory manner.

So which is it?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs to Music Fans section. – guidot Apr 2 '19 at 11:46
  • Typical. This is going to be the end of SE, as already discussed in many other threads. A user comes here with a well thought out question, and instead gets blocked or redirected or something else, just because there exists an even more specialized sub-SE for that specific question. It makes users want to use the site less and less. I'm sure starting to become one of these people, after using many SE sites for many years. I find this sad. – Klangen Apr 2 '19 at 12:02
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    I'm voting to keep it here. Performers should have the right to know the title of the music they are playing. ...Thank you for reminding me to this composer. I've downloaded some years ago all midifiles available but then I' ve forgotten to listen them. It would be interesting to compare them with the music by Bach. I assume that Suite IV is correct as the CD is titled manuscript. Could it be that S.L. Weiss colletcted some Sonatas together to a Suite? – Albrecht Hügli Apr 2 '19 at 12:18
  • The question fails to give a reference to other websites. The reliability of a youtube description is doubtful at best and no reference to a sheet edition was given either (which would support the assumption by AlbrechtHügli). I don't see how the question is different from the identify-this-track tag of MusicFans. – guidot Apr 2 '19 at 13:04
  • It's not a "track". It's a composition in multiple parts from a baroque composer that many users here have already asked questions about and have discussed. – Klangen Apr 2 '19 at 13:07

The site slweiss.de dedicated to Weiss offers an exhaustive PDF of works with this explanation:

Following the SW [the offical catalogue of works], the term Sonata is employed throughout. The term Suite is reserved for personal assemblages of movements by performers (now less common than in the 70s & 80s).

For me this translates to: just sonata numbers are official, suites have been put together by some artist (mostly collecting from different sonatas), so their numbers are arbitrary. This also explains the observed ambiguity.

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