From Brahms Fugue in A-flat minor, WoO 8:

Excerpt from Brahms Fugue in A-flat minor

The file name is "Double Common Time" JPEG but only because that's the only thing I can figure out to call it.

Bonus question: Can this time signature be used in either Finale or Sibelius without too much fuss? For now I'm using 4/2.

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4/2 is fine. Strictly speaking, it's 8/4 [4/4 + 4/4; or (4+4)/4].

I can't speak to Finale or Sibelius, but it's near trivial to do in MuseScore.

"CC" time signature example made in MuseScore

See also Dual time signature of Alla Breve x2 in Schubert?, which has an outstanding discussion of the history of this type of time signature.

It's worth noting that two modern (Internet) editions use 8/4 and 4/4 (with measures "halved"), respectively.

Arrangement by Peter Billam for SATB recorders and viola da gamba (SOURCE)

Brahms arrangement in 8/4

Transcription by Pierre Gouin (SOURCE)

Brahms transcription in 4/4

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