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The following article helps define the term Fantasia.
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Fantasia is the Italian word for Fantasy which is a type of musical composition in which the compositional whims or demands of a composers imagination take precedence over the dictates of any particular musical form. This means that the Fantasy is sort of the musical form that lacks any musical form, or a musical form whose essence is pure, irreducible, undiluted, capital Imagination. Fantasy is often the name given to compositions for which a composer can think of no other name. Some composers even go so far as to hold that the Fantasy is strictly an improvisational style of composition, which, by nature, defies notation. Rousseau defines the form (or anti-form?) as a piece that one performs as one composes it and adds that as soon as it is written or repeated it ceases to be a Fantasy, and becomes an ordinary piece This is perhaps an overly dramatic opinion seeing as such great composers as Mozart, Bach, Schuman, Brahms, Schubert, (and the list goes on!) have left us written pieces bearing the title of Fantasy.