- 1A musical composition with a free form and often an improvisatory style.More example sentences
- 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 based on several familiar tunes.More example sentences
- 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 composed of a mixture of different forms or styles: the theatre is a kind of Moorish and Egyptian fantasiaMore example sentences
- 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).
More definitions of fantasiaDefinition of fantasia in:
- The US English dictionary