Event list for Fugue II in F major, BWV 856, J. K. F. Fischer

Four parts occur only occassionaly in this fugue, enough to wonder if this isn't four part fill rather than genuine four voice polyphony. Following is an analysis that treats this as an a.3 fugue. This lends consistency to the short connecting passages as lead in material to each middle entry and changes the proportions among the sections of the fugue, enough so to prompt a check for a "golden mean."

Measure			Event

2 - S

6 - A at 5th (only tonal entry)  CS similar to end of S 

10 - S, CS, cpt (end exposition)

14 - short connecting passage using first part of S

16 - ME1 S, CS in 3rds

20 - short connecting passage, uses CS in imitation

22 - ME2 S (at 5th, real), CS, cpt

26 - short connecting passage

27 - ME3 S (at 5th, real), CS in 10ths 

31 - Final entry  S, CS in 10ths, cpt. Bass similar to mm. 10-11, 
	 Alto/bass same rhythm
	 Measure numbers indicate the first downbeat of the event. 
	 This fugue does not modulate. The shifts to C or Bb seem more like
	 secondary dominant action. There is only one tonal entry.  The
	 short connecting passages precede  each middle entry.   The CS is
	 derived from the end of S and is used in every entry.  The material
	 in the remaining voices in each entry is variable, sometimes
	 paralleling the CS, sometimes free counterpoint, sometimes derived
	 from less vivid motives.
See Analysis as a.4 fugue