One of my personal favorites, Mischief in Fez is based on a book I read as a child: “Mischief in Fez” by Eleanor Hoffman. It is a wonderful story, set in Morocco, full of magic and intrigue. The piece is broken up into eight movements, loosely based on the ten chapters of the book. This was my first serious attempt at a full-scale work for symphony orchestra.
The story follows a boy named Mousa, whose house is being torn apart by the mischief of evil djinns. Mousa gains the aid of the good djinns and works to find the cause of the disruption. He travels around the country-side, meeting all sorts of mystical creatures only to discover that the cause of the trouble may be closer to home than he first thought.