Fantasy Music Recordings and Sheet Music

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.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
2 Fantaisies brillantes, Op.94 Ferdinand Beyer Piano Romantic
2 Fantaisies mignonnes sur des motifs de 'Belisario' de Donizetti, Op.147 Jean-Baptiste Duvernoy Piano Romantic
2 Fantaisies sur des Motifs favoris de 'L'elisir d'amore', Op.14 Theodor Döhler Piano Romantic
2 Fantasies on Themes from 'Le Nozze di Figaro', Op.77 Ferdinand Ries Piano Romantic
2 Fantasies, Op.35 Louis Bödecker Chamber group Romantic
2 Fantasiestücke, Op.58 Joachim Raff Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
2 Fantasiestücke, Op.86 Joachim Raff Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
2 Fantasiestücke, Op.4 Franz Neruda Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
2 Fantasy Pieces, CYH 072 Yihan Chen Piano Romantic
2 Grande fantaisies sur des motifs favoris de l'opera 'Norma', Op.689 Carl Czerny Piano Romantic
2 Petites fantaisies mosaïques sur 'Le petit Faust', Op.306 Jacques-Louis Battmann Piano Romantic
3 Brillant Fantasies on Themes of F. Schubert, Op.339 Carl Czerny Piano 4 hands Romantic
3 Fantaisies Jean de Chantérac Piano Romantic
3 Fantaisies for Solo Flute, Op. 38 Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Romantic
3 Fantaisies, Op. 16 Felix Mendelssohn Piano Romantic
3 Fantaisies, Op.16 Felix Mendelssohn Piano Romantic
3 Fantaisies pour la Mélodique Franz Berwald Piano Romantic
3 Fantasias on Themes from Verdi Operas, Op.29 Henri Vieuxtemps Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
3 Fantasias, Op.11 Wilhelm Stenhammar Piano Romantic
3 Fantasien Sigismond Thalberg Piano Romantic
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