The title Fantasia reflects the free use of the different formal resources used. We can therefore recognise the Variation, the Fugue and the structural elements of the Sonata form that are essential in structuring a work of certain complexity.
Mahlers Traum opens with a theme which evokes the spirit of Robert Schumann’s Träumerei –‘reverie’–. However, towards the end of the piece, it adopts expressions and harmonies more typical of Gustav Mahler.
The Prelude and Dance follows a typical structure of Frederic Monpou, and the Finale closes the work.