From Wikipedia: "The fantasia (from Italian: fantasia; also English: fantasy, fancy, German: Fantasie, French: fantaisie) is a musical composition with its roots in the art of improvisation." I wrote this work in the winter of 2010 with the idea of creating a piece improvisational in form and at many points actually improvised. I had been listening to an album of Horowitz performing Chopin and thoroughly enjoyed the absurdity of the whole thing - both Chopin's wild music and Horowitz's ridiculous playing. I wanted to create a work that had a free and open form which also gave the performers an open platform to display their virtuosity. This work combines a fully notated structure, written for ensemble, with an improvisational element performed by Alex Mincek on saxophone and me on laptop.