Indian Fantasy

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Indian Fantasy
Fantasy by Ferruccio Busoni
The composer in 1913
Native name Indianische Fantasie
Composed 1913 (1913)–14
Performed 1914 (1914): Berlin
Movements 3
  • piano
  • orchestra

The Indian Fantasy (Indianische Fantasie), Op. 44 (BV 264), is a fantasy for piano and orchestra by Ferruccio Busoni. Composed in 1913/14, it was first performed in Berlin in March 1914, with the composer as soloist.[1] The piece is based on several melodies and rhythms from various American Indian tribes; Busoni had received them from American ethnomusicologist Natalie Curtis Burlin. The fantasy describes the American prairie, and is in three movements:

  • Fantasy
  • Canzona
  • Finale


  1. ^ Anthony Beaumont, Busoni, (1985), p. 190.