Somehwere in literature I've seen this Prelude and Fugue pair actually referred to as a double fugue and justly so.. The cruciform melody foreshadows the main subject of the Fugue. The rounded descending motifs are related to the second subject of the Fugue. The stark upwards leap of fourth ties in the third subject of the Fugue. There is even a hidden Dies Irae, if one wants to look close enough. To each their own interpretation, but I cannot play this Prelude and Fugue without the distinctive idea of the human voice divulging its confession, before the fugue leads it through its penance.
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