Fantasy

A fantasy (also fantasia, fantaisie, fantazy, phantasie) is a composition rooted in the practice of improvisation. For that reason, even though fantaisies can be written according to a formal plan and not strictly improvising, they rarely approach any traditional musical form. The term was coined in the early 1500s, referring to the imaginative musical idea in itself, rather than to a particular genre. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Music, it was used during the 16th century as a title for instrumental imitations of the vocal motet. During the baroque, the term adopted its current meaning.

Composers

Abraham Tena Manrique Adam Darr Adam Wright Adhemar Decq Adolf Martin Foerster Adolfo Fumagalli Adrian Willaert Adriano Banchieri Agathe Backer-Grøndahl Alain Lefébure Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky Aleksandr Glazunov Aleksey Davidov Alessandro Casorti Alexander Dreyschock Alexander Fesca Alexander Scriabin Alexander von Zemlinsky Alexandre Batta Alexandre Charles Fessy Alexandre Croisez Alexandre Joseph Artôt Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly Alexis Contant Alfonso Ferrabosco Jr. Alfonso Ferrabosco Sr. Alfred E. Warren Alfred Quidant Alonso Mudarra Amilcare Ponchielli Amilcare Zanella Amy Marcy Beach Andreas Romberg Angelo Bottagisio Anton Arensky Anton Bruckner Antonio Bazzini Aristide Farrenc Arnold Bax Arnold Schoenberg Arthur Battelle Whiting August Wilhelmj August Winding Auguste Chapuis Auguste Franchomme Auguste Vincent Bálint Bakfark Bartolomeo Campagnoli Benjamin Carr Benjamin Dale Bernhard Courlander Blas María de Colomer Camille Chevillard Camille Saint-Saëns Carl August Nielsen Carl Benker Carl Chesneau Carl Czerny Carl Frühling Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke Carl Leopold Böhm Carl Loewe Carl Nielsen Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Carl Tausig Carlo Curti César Franck Cesare Ciardi Charles Dancla Charles Bordes Charles Coleman Charles Colin Charles Delioux Charles Dupee Blake Charles Ferlus Charles Gounod Charles Lefebvre Charles Samuel Bovy-Lysberg Charles Villiers Stanford Charles Voss Charles-Auguste de Bériot Charles-Marie Widor Charles-Valentin Alkan Chetwoode Christian Erbach Clarence Eddy Claude Debussy Cramer - Pseudonym Diomedes Cato Edouard Chavagnat Édouard Lalo Eduard Biehl Edward Bunnett Eli Zion Emanuel de Beaupuis Emile Dunkler Engebert Brepsant Enrique Calvist Erik Satie Ernest Bloch Ernest Eugène Altès Ernest Zoeller Ernesto Cavallini Ernesto Drangosch Ernst Rudorff Eugène Damaré Eugenio Cavallini Eustache Du Caurroy F. Zimmermann Felix Blumenfeld Felix Mendelssohn Ferdinand Hummel Ferdinand Beyer Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken Ferdinand Ries Ferdinando Carulli Fernando Sor Ferruccio Busoni Filippo Capocci Francesco Zane Francis Chassaigne François Borne Frank Bridge František Alois Drdla František Ondříček František Xaver Chotek Franz Behr Franz Berwald
Franz Doppler Franz Joseph Haydn Franz Liszt Franz Neruda Franz Schubert Franz Wohlfahrt Frédéric Chopin Frédéric-Augustin Binet Frederick Shepherd Converse Friedrich Berr Friedrich Burgmüller Friedrich Forberg Friedrich Grützmacher Friedrich Kuhlau Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow Fritz Kreisler G. F. Carney Gabriel Fauré Gabriel Pierné Gaetano Braga Georg Friedrich Händel Georg Philipp Telemann George Whitefield Chadwick Georges Bull Georges Hüe Giacomo Meyerbeer Giovanni Battista Belpasso Giovanni Bottesini Giovanni Daelli Giovanni De Antiquis Girolamo Frescobaldi Giulio Briccialdi Giuseppe Valentini Guillaume Costeley Gustav Adolf Merkel Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff Hans Fährmann Hans von Bülow Harry Waldo Warner Heinrich von Herzogenberg Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Heitor Villa-Lobos Hélène Ciolacou Henri Bertini Henri Brod Henri Chollet Henri Cieutat Henri Cramer Henri Dallier Henri Marteau Henri Vieuxtemps Henri Viotta Henri Wieniawski Henry Bollman Henry Farmer Henry Purcell Herbert A. Fricker Hermann Zopff Hubert Léonard Hugo Reinhold Ignaz Brüll Ignaz Moscheles Isaac Albéniz Ivan Caryll J. Franz Jacek Rządkowski Jacob Kunkel Jacques Blumenthal Jacques Bosch Jacques Offenbach Jacques-Louis Battmann James Bellak Jan Ladislav Dussek Jan Václav Voříšek Jan Zwart Jean Conte Jean de Chantérac Jean Delphin Alard Jean Sibelius Jean-Baptiste Arban Jean-Baptiste Duvernoy Jean-François Dumon Jenő Hubay Jerome Bassano Joachim Andersen Joachim Boissaux Joachim Raff Joan Baptista Pujol João Domingos Bomtempo Johan Amberg Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann Johann Baptist Vanhal Johann Bernhard Bach Johann Carl Eschmann Johann Decker-Schenk Johann Fiala Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel Johann Friedrich Fasch Johann Jacob Froberger Johann Kaspar Mertz Johann Ludwig Böhner Johann Ludwig Krebs Johann Nepomuk Hummel Johann Pachelbel Johann Sebastian Bach John Balsir Chatterton John Bull John Clifton John Coperario John Jenkins John Ward Josef Fahrbach Josef Gabriel Rheinberger Josef Suk Josef Weiss Joseph Callaerts Joseph Delafosse Josquin Des prez József Bloch Jules Cazenaud Jules Danbé Jules Demersseman Jules Egghard Jules Massenet Julio Salvador Sagreras Julius Weismann Justin Clérice Karol Szymanowski
Kecskeméthy Géza Döme Léon Boëllmann Léopold Delédicque Leopold Wallner Lothar Windsperger Louis Aubert Louis Bödecker Louis Couperin Louis Cramer Louis Diémer Louis Eller Louis François Philippe Drouet Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély Louis Moreau Gottschalk Louis Spohr Louis Vierne Ludwig Senfl Ludwig van Beethoven Luigi Bassi Luigi Falcone Luis Venegas de Henestrosa Manuel de Falla Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti Marco Enrico Bossi Marguerite Casalonga Matteo Carcassi Maurice Decourcelle Max Bruch Max Burger Max Reger Michael East Michel Rondeau Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Mily Balakirev Moritz Brosig Moritz Moszkowski Napoleón Coste Nicholas Charles Bochsa Nicolas-Joseph Wackenthaler Niels Gade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Ole Bull Orazio Vecchi Orlande de Lassus Orlando Gibbons Pablo Bruna Pablo de Sarasate Paul Barbot Paul Bazelaire Paul Chabeaux Paul Jeanjean Paul Pabst Paul von Klenau Percy Hilder Miles Pere Albert Vila Peter Benoît Philip Van Wilder Philippe Gaubert Pierre François Clodomir Pietro Cesari Pietro Pettoletti Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Rafael Aceves y Lozano Ralph Vaughan Williams René Chansarel René Favarger Ricardo Villa Richard Dering Richard Franck Richard Kram Richard Strauss Richard Wagner Richard Wüerst Robert Fuchs Robert Schumann Robert Volkmann Roy Agnew Rudolf Dittrich Ruperto Chapí Şafak Alıcıoğlu Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Saverio Mercadante Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia Selim Palmgren Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergey Yuferov Sigismond Thalberg Sigismund Neukomm Stanislas Verroust Stephen Heller Teresa Carreño Théo Ysaÿe Theobald Boehm Theodor Döhler Theodor Kullak Theodore Akimenko Théodore Dubois Thomas Brewer Thomas Ford Thomas Morley Thomas Philando Ryder Thomas Weelkes Tomás Damas Victor Alphonse Duvernoy Vincent d' Indy Volkmar Andreae W. Weide Walter Galpin Alcock Wiktor Zientarski Wilhelm Conradi Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Wilhelm Neuland Wilhelm Popp Wilhelm Stenhammar Willem Coenen William Browne William Byrd William Cranford William Daman William Faulkes William Horatio Clarke William Thomas Best William Vincent Wallace William White William Yeates Hurlstone Woldemar Bargiel Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Yihan Chen