Definition of fantasia in English:

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Pronunciation: /fanˈtāzēə/


1A musical composition with a free form and often an improvisatory style.
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  • Brahms's Violin Concerto begins with a long ritornello, but for most 19th-century composers sonata form and the fantasia were more important than the ritornello principle.
  • The fanfare fantasia before the choral entrance even includes clams.
  • The finale is a joyous fantasia on much of the music deployed earlier with such skill and evident delight.
1.1A musical composition that is based on several familiar tunes.
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  • Dowland, of course, had written seven lute fantasias based on his song ‘Break now, my heart, and die’ under the title Lacrimae, or Seven Teares.
  • Glinka once again established formal and stylistic ground plans for future Russian composers in his orchestral fantasia Kamarinskaya, based on two Russian folk tunes.
  • As with its corresponding number in the first orchestral set, the second movement - depicting a camp meeting - is a fantasia based mainly on ragtime dances Ives wrote for the piano in the early 1900s.
1.2A thing that is composed of a mixture of different forms or styles: the theater is a kind of Moorish and Egyptian fantasia
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  • This re-release of Amadeus, described by Shaffer as ‘a fantasia based on fact’, boasts 20 additional minutes of music and drama.
  • Perelman's free-associative style spun fantasias out of girdle ads, tabloid tattle, sleazy pulp fiction and recipe prose.
  • Based on Virginia Woolf's glittering fantasia written as a love-letter to Vita Sackville-West, the story covers four hundred years of history.


Early 18th century: from Italian, 'fantasy', from Latin phantasia (see fantasy).

Words that rhyme with fantasia

Anastasia, aphasia, brazier, dysphasia, dysplasia, euthanasia, Frazier, glazier, grazier, gymnasia, Malaysia

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Syllabification: fan·ta·sia

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