A rhapsody is a free composition. The term was first used for piano compositions in 1810. It may be defined as a free fantasia of national, epic, or heroic character.the title came into general use in music of the mid-19th century, notably with the Hungarian rhapsodies of Liszt. It implies a work free in form and inspiration, often an expression of national temperament, as in the Slavonic rhapsodies of Dvorak