And here we are. If you’ve followed the rest of the work from Contrapunctus I, you’ve traveled a great ways from the initial counterpoint on the main AOF theme. With this fugue, Bach completes his epic cycle in most appropriate fashion. I won’t write too much about this fugue here, since I’ve already discussed it at length in the introductory page about the “unfinished fugue.” I’ll simply show the four subjects; if you’ve listened to all of AOF, it will be obvious enough where they appear.
You’ll hear Bach’s 239 measures, followed by the 111-bar completion of Zoltán Göncz that brings the fourth subject, the AOF theme, into its rightful place as the crown of the work.