When cleaning up Tchaikovsky’s operas I found that some numbers for “The Queen of Spades”, op. 68 were already created by another user, but contrary to style guidelines for operas he/she used the structure “Act / Scene / Number” instead of the recommended “Act / Number” (https://musicbrainz.org/work/edf84613-54d5-4e3e-8032-bf233ae82e41), probably just following what was printed on a CD cover. The justification of the style guidelines is pretty good: “Scene” is an instruction what and who appears on stage and is not directly related to the music. Besides, using “Scenes” unnecessary increases the number of layers without clear benefits. Style guidelines for reference: https://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Classical/Works.
I would like to clean up the structure by removing the “Scene” layer, that is making numbers directly parts of acts, as recommended by the style guidelines and in consistency with other operas I have already cleaned up.
The question is what to do with the “Scene” works? I see the following possibilities:
Just leave “Scene” works as “orphans”, not linked to any other work. Disadvantage: somebody may still find it by direct search and re-introduce.
Delete unnecessary “Scene” works. Could this be done at all? I do not see any “Delete” button and suppose this is by design.
Merge unnecessary “Scene” works into the “Act” work, effectively removing “Scene” works (they will not exist as separate works anymore).
At the moment I am inclined to use the last approach as the most clean, although it requires a bit more efforts. What would you recommend?
edited: fixed the name of the affected opera