This is a Fantasie/Fantasia for the 5-course guitar/vihuela that I composed a while back after discovering the 5-course guitar/vihuela pieces of Fuenllana. The composition is heavily influenced by the music of Adrian Le Roy and Gregoire Brayysing. For the opening sequence, I incorporated a sort of "introduction" as can be heard in Le Roy's and some of Brayysing's Fantasies (as well as those of John Dowland). This sort of introduction is common in Fantasias written in the late SCA period for lute, guitar and vihuela.
A Fantasia (or Fantasie) is a free-form, through-composed piece, that does not have the repeats of sections like the period dance music. It is the pinnacle of solo composition for the lute, guitar and vihuela. Due to the lack of repeated sections, and incorporation of multiple "themes," the Fantasia has an improvised feel. Fantasias in the late period fretted-stringed instrument literature are typically much more demanding on the performer than are the dance pieces. The Fantasia appears to have originated in the 1500s, likely as a showpiece for the lute/vihuela/guitar virtuosos of the day.
By Johann von Solothurn (for 5-course Guitar/Vihuela)
Staff notation and modern guitar tablature of Fantasia I, by Johann von Solothurn