recorded in 2006 - performed by Jorgos

Published in 1782, Fantasy (KV 397, D minor) is characterized by changing moods and passages of an improvisatory character.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a an influential composer of the classical era. He composed over 600 works and is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers. His work “Fantasy” starts with a haunting introduction followed by a melancholy, aria-like theme. Toward the end, the melodrama is replaced with happiness.

Note: Mozart left the Fantasia incomplete. Missing bars have been added based on earlier thematic material, even though it is probably not as satisfying as the ending that the composer himself would have written. The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri can be purchased here.

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49 Responses to "Fantasy"

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  2. nicola pallma M says:

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  4. LORRAINE says:

    I feel that this little piece is one of the most exquisite -

  5. I LIKE ALL THESE DARK MAGICAL MUSIC GOOOD PIECE TO LISTEN TO WHEN YOU HAVE MIXED FEELINGS AND WHEN YOU ARE TRAPPED, i donno its like they find the door but it is going farther and they run to catch the door maybe they caught it……no not yet but they have the door!! funny how music tells a whole story:)
    ^ _ ^

  6. Your Name says:

    Its a Legend! Fantasia in D-Minor,,, Just like a rhapsody but it’s not, nooo- it is NOT A RHAPSODY—Hats off for Mozart! Too sad you’re die young, like another pianist or composers-but i think you’re includes the youngest one, but not the youngest… 35 years old. World know you so well.

  7. How does one create music that stings my ears? This may be the absolute worst thing i’ve ever heard. It makes me want to pour lemon juice in my eyes and wipe it off with a nail file.

  8. Nova Debora Hutasuhut says:

    This is so beautiful, I love this piece since the first time I heard it. I’ve found little part that little bit sounds like Fur Elise, in 00:42 (timeline).

  9. Dave K. Modesto, Ca. says:

    Mozart is an outstanding example of the infinite pleasures that The Creator has given when He created man. This is truly an excellent piece of art and wonderfully performed! Hats of to Mozart!

  10. arshia morady says:
    October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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    Beethoven was the grandson of a musician of Flemish origin named Lodewijk van Beethoven (1712–73).[3] Beethoven was named after his grandfather, as Lodewijk is the Dutch cognate of Ludwig. Beethoven’s grandfather was employed as a bass singer at the court of the Elector of Cologne, rising to become Kapellmeister (music director). He had one son, Johann van Beethoven (1740–1792), who worked as a tenor in the same musical establishment, also giving lessons on piano and violin to supplement his income.[3] Johann married Maria Magdalena Keverich in 1767; she was the daughter of Johann Heinrich Keverich, who had been the head chef at the court of the Archbishopric of Trier.[4]

    Beethoven was born of this marriage in Bonn. There is no authentic record of his birthday; however, the registry of his baptism, in a Roman Catholic service at the Parish of St. Regius on 17 December, 1770, survives.[5] As children of that era were traditionally baptised the day after birth in the Catholic Rhine country, and it is known that Beethoven’s family and his teacher Johann Albrechtsberger celebrated his birthday on 16 December, most scholars accept 16 December, 1770 as Beethoven’s date of birth.[6][7] Of the seven children born to Johann van Beethoven, only Ludwig, the second-born, and two younger brothers survived infancy. Caspar Anton Carl was born on 8 April 1774, and Nikolaus Johann, the youngest, was born on 2 October 1776.[8]

    Beethoven’s first music teacher was his father. Tradition has it that Johann van Beethoven was a harsh instructor, and that the child Beethoven, “made to stand at the keyboard, was often in tears.”[3] However, the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians claimed that no solid documentation supported this, and asserted that “speculation and myth-making have both been productive.”[3] Beethoven had other local teachers: the court organist Gilles van den Eeden (d. 1782), Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer (a family friend, who taught Beethoven piano), and a relative, Franz Rovantini (violin and viola).[3] His musical talent manifested itself early. Johann, aware of Leopold Mozart’s successes in this area (with son Wolfgang and daughter Nannerl), attempted to exploit his son as a child prodigy, claiming that Beethoven was six (he was seven) on the posters for Beethoven’s first public performance in March 1778.[9]

    Some time after 1779, Beethoven began his studies with his most important teacher in Bonn, Christian Gottlob Neefe, who was appointed the Court’s Organist in that year.[10] Neefe taught Beethoven composition, and by March 1783 had helped him write his first published composition: a set of keyboard variations (WoO 63).[8] Beethoven soon began working with Neefe as assistant organist, first on an unpaid basis (1781), and then as paid employee (1784) of the court chapel conducted by the Kapellmeister Andrea Luchesi. His first three piano sonatas, named “Kurfürst” (“Elector”) for their dedication to the Elector Maximilian Frederick, were published in 1783. Maximilian Frederick, who died in 1784, not long after Beethoven’s appointment as assistant organist, had noticed Beethoven’s talent early, and had subsidised and encouraged the young man’s musical studies.[11]

    A portrait of the 13-year-old Beethoven by an unknown Bonn master (c. 1783)
    Maximilian Frederick’s successor as the Elector of Bonn was Maximilian Franz, the youngest son of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and he brought notable changes to Bonn. Echoing changes made in Vienna by his brother Joseph, he introduced reforms based on Enlightenment philosophy, with increased support for education and the arts. The teenage Beethoven was almost certainly influenced by these changes. He may also have been influenced at this time by ideas prominent in freemasonry, as Neefe and others around Beethoven were members of the local chapter of the Order of the Illuminati.[12]

    In March 1787 Beethoven traveled to Vienna (possibly at another’s expense) for the first time, apparently in the hope of studying with Mozart. The details of their relationship are uncertain, including whether or not they actually met.[13] After just two weeks there Beethoven learned that his mother was severely ill, and returned home. His mother died shortly thereafter, and the father lapsed deeper into alcoholism. As a result, Beethoven became responsible for the care of his two younger brothers, and he spent the next five years in Bonn.[14]

    Beethoven was introduced to several people who became important in his life in these years. Franz Wegeler, a young medical student, introduced him to the von Breuning family (one of whose daughters Wegeler eventually married). Beethoven was often at the von Breuning household, where he was exposed to German and classical literature, and where he also taught piano to some of the children. The von Breuning family environment was also less stressful than his own, which was increasingly dominated by his father’s decline.[15] Beethoven came to the attention of Count Ferdinand von Waldstein, who became a lifelong friend and financial supporter.[16]

    In 1789 Beethoven obtained a legal order by which half of his father’s salary was paid directly to him for support of the family.[17] He also contributed further to the family’s income by playing viola in the court orchestra. This familiarised Beethoven with a variety of operas, including three of Mozart’s operas performed at court in this period. He also befriended Anton Reicha, a flautist and violinist of about his own age who was the conductor’s nephew.[18]

    Establishing his career in Vienna

    With the Elector’s help, Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792.[19] He was probably first introduced to Joseph Haydn in late 1790, when the latter was traveling to London and stopped in Bonn around Christmas time.[20] They met in Bonn on Haydn’s return trip from London to Vienna in July 1792, and it is likely that arrangements were made at that time for Beethoven to study with the old master.[21] In the intervening years, Beethoven composed a significant number of works (none were published at the time, and most are now listed as works without opus) that demonstrated his growing range and maturity. Musicologists identified a theme similar to those of his third symphony in a set of variations written in 1791.[22] Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna in November 1792, amid rumors of war spilling out of France, and learned shortly after his arrival that his father had died.[23][24] Count Waldstein in his farewell note to Beethoven wrote: “Through uninterrupted diligence you will receive Mozart’s spirit through Haydn’s hands.”[24] Beethoven responded to the widespread feeling that he was a successor to the recently deceased Mozart over the next few years by studying that master’s work and writing works with a distinctly Mozartean flavor.[25]

    Portrait of Beethoven as a young man by Carl Traugott Riedel (1769–1832)
    Beethoven did not immediately set out to establish himself as a composer, but rather devoted himself to study and performance. Working under Haydn’s direction,[26] he sought to master counterpoint. He also studied violin under Ignaz Schuppanzigh.[27] Early in this period, he also began receiving occasional instruction from Antonio Salieri, primarily in Italian vocal composition style; this relationship persisted until at least 1802, and possibly 1809.[28] With Haydn’s departure for England in 1794, Beethoven was expected by the Elector to return home. He chose instead to remain in Vienna, continuing his instruction in counterpoint with Johann Albrechtsberger and other teachers. Although his stipend from the Elector expired, a number of Viennese noblemen had already recognised his ability and offered him financial support, among them Prince Joseph Franz Lobkowitz, Prince Karl Lichnowsky, and Baron Gottfried van Swieten.[29]

    By 1793, Beethoven established a reputation as an improviser in the salons of the nobility, often playing the preludes and fugues of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.[30] His friend Nikolaus Simrock had begun publishing his compositions; the first are believed to be a set of variations (WoO 66).[31] By 1793, he had established a reputation in Vienna as a piano virtuoso, but he apparently withheld works from publication so that their publication in 1795 would have greater impact.[29] Beethoven’s first public performance in Vienna was in March 1795, a concert in which he debuted a piano concerto. It is uncertain whether this was the First or Second. Documentary evidence is unclear, and both concertos were in a similar state of near-completion (neither was completed or published for several years).[32][33] Shortly after this performance, he arranged for the publication of the first of his compositions to which he assigned an opus number, the piano trios of Opus 1. These works were dedicated to his patron Prince Lichnowsky,[32] and were a financial success; Beethoven’s profits were nearly sufficient to cover his living expenses for a year.[34]

  11. Wonderful! The music still acts like no one like Mozart had played this piece:
    the results is done with all the parts of the piece. Mozart played by seeking many answers in such kind of mystical way that he doesn’t have the answer yet…

  12. EMILIA BARRERA says:

    This song is beautful..
    Alicia Keys has part of this song in her newest album.

  13. this music Stunning!

  14. Me pregunto que pasaba por su mente cuando la compuso es tan profunda e inquietante, adoro a Mozart

  15. Selonique says:

    Absolutely amazing, this is possibly the best variation I’ve ever listened to.

  16. JUAN DELGADO M says:

    infinito de estrellas la imaginacion al extremo la belleza de su musica nunca morida lo apasionado eso quedada

  17. hmm … like a creepy dream, of a happy dance, with a tradgedy behind it. a ghostly memory.

  18. Reminds me of a differnt place of faraway darkness to be meet by others pain and despere, in a time when there was no light of day only there dark corners met by light and happyness.

  19. Una de la obras mas bellas que el genio de Mozart ha escrito para el piano.
    Un descanso despues de un día de trabajo.
    Saludos, los seguiré visitando.
    Gracias por alimentarme el espíritu.

  20. i completely adore this masterpiece. Its something you could really consider calling music….in its full extend of the word.

  21. Hi. I’m from Argentina. Your site is very nice!

  22. abderrahim says:

    حزينة لكنها جميلة

  23. jessica says:

    you gotta love this piece.

  24. Gracias¡!

  25. Dr. Yves Paul M. Montero says:

    Mozart is a descended angel of music

  26. Dr. Yves Paul M. Montero says:

    A shining diamond under the dark cloud. so mystical and promising music.

  27. mari belle says:

    this song is really mysterious it feels like its leading you to a place of nowhere, where you can feel loneliness

  28. Denisse says:

    Me encanta la música clásica, es un arrullo para el alma y tambien para el corazón, te hace sentir viva.

  29. W.A. Mozart – Fantasy
    Truly a work of art! I could and have listened all night long!

  30. COLOMBIA – 14 AÑOS
    amo como esta musica me hace vibrar!


  32. karitto! says:

    soii de argentina tengo 13…

    me encanta!!
    no pienso dejar de escucharlo!!
    se lo recomiendo a todos!!

  33. Guillermo says:

    En español:
    Soy de Bolivia, es la primera vez que ingreso a esta página y me gusta mucho, la interpretación me parece perfecta.

  34. necesito musica clasica para bajar

  35. Ryan Kelly says:


    that’s my message to whomever played this recording. Such a beautiful song and yet it could be so much better if the correct dynamics were played.

  36. It’s like a nightmare in my own daydreams. Beautiful.

  37. I have constantly kept listening to this piece; it is very well played. I am supremely confident stating that this interpretation is the very best I have heard.

  38. Mozart is a pure musical genious, this song is so beautiful and myseterious it takes you away to a temple of pure silence and solitude all except the music. it’s a wonderful song to lose yourself in, and an even better song to listen to just to get away from it all Mozart,Beethoven, and Bach are perfect to listen to anytime of day!

  39. i ;ike the mysterious yet playful tone this piece gives i enjoy listening to it

  40. This piece brings roar from within me.

  41. this song is grate!! I realy ejoyit when I hear it.

  42. At points, this sounds like an old-time Christmas tale gone terribly wrong. At others, you feel as if it’s a window to a simpler, different world. It’s masterful.

  43. I love this piece. Listening to Mozart makes one feel as if they’re in another time and place, far away from the perils of this reality. It’s wonderful.

  44. Stephanie Eldridge says:

    So dark and mysterious….but leads you on into a sacred temple of lonleiness…untill you can almost hear him sing!!!

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