Definition and background:
An instrumental composition in which a composer yields to his imagination in regard to form and organization of the composition. A fantasia follows no particular pattern or form, and is generally of fairly large dimensions. In the Baroque era it often served as an introductory composition to a fugue. music written in a free, unconstrained form
A musical piece in which the composer has not been bound to any conventional form.
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