It is said that the Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) wrote a fugue every day of his life. He threw most of them away claiming that he would never reach the level of J.S. Bach.
After years of writing melodramatic, even tragic operas, Verdi, late in life, revealed his fun-loving side. His opera, Falstaff, is a cheerfully optimistic work. And, fittingly, for the final chorus in what would be his final opera, Verdi composed a brilliant, buoyant fugue!