S,M,3T; chorus; 2(II=picc).2.2.2-22.214.171.124-timp.perc-strings;
arr. for small orchestra by Manfred Schandert: 126.96.36.199 -188.8.131.52-perc-pft-strings(quintet or ensemble);
arr. for chamber ensemble by Josef Stolz: cl-perc-pft-vln.db
Duke Cacatois is planning the wedding of his son Alexis to Hermosa, the daughter of the Great Seneshal Romboidal, yet he meets unexpected resistance. What the duke does not know is that his son is in fact his fourth daughter, born in his absence and brought up by his wife as crown prince. Romboidal knows about the deceit, but his wife Theodorine also has reasons to avert the marriage. Her husband in his turn does not know that their daughter is in truth a son who, in order to prevent his conscription, was brought up as a girl. Of course the young people have already fallen in love with each other, and this does not change when the cross-gender role-playing comes to light. Now there is nothing to stop the marriage.