is a device used to present an idea, principle or meaning, and communicates its
message by means of symbolic figures, actions or symbolic representation.
Perhaps the most well known, and the one that first got me interested in
allegories, is Plato's 'allegory of the cave.' They aren't restricted solely to
literary devices either; an allegory can also be used as an artistic device,
relying on visual symbolic representation rather than metaphorical. When
Elizabeth Simeons asked me to write music for her to choreograph, I hoped to
write a piece that would allow her to create movements that would do just that.
Allegory is by far
the most serialist piece I've ever written. I
used a combination of Stravinsky's rotational arrays and a simplification of
Boulez's multiplication system to generate my pitch material. From there, I
concentrated on contrasting moments of stasis with sections of driving rhythmic