Hullabaloo is first and foremost about having fun.
I wrote this to explore the wonderful grey area at the limits of tonal music. Harmonies are often based on fifths and fourths, voice leading is as much intervalic as it is tonal, and chord progressions are tenuously functional.
The prelude sounds somewhat more conventional, especially with the lovely lilt of the 2/4 time signature. It does have some metric modulation in the middle (I couldn’t resist), but comes to rest in an expected way.
The scherzo on the other hand – well, that’s a different story. It starts off in 13/8, and gets stranger from there. Note that the scherzo is based on the exact same initial melodic/rhythmic phrase (excluding its introduction), but set over a different meter. Fun stuff!
I have to say, I’m particularly proud of the ending. There’s just nothing like a subito piano, and then there’s the baroque-ish appogiatura on a note that’s a tritone from the root, instead of the third. I feel so sneaky.
Watch me play the piece in the video below!