The illustration is from the first full outline of the ballet, which probably dates from 2003. The bracketed “[ sc. vii ]” and “[ sc. viii ]” were added later (I cannot hazard any good guess when), in different ink. What on this page is “Scene vii / II.iv” – and because it is [complex] and (episodic) – I later unpacked into:
- Scene 7: Nastenka’s Story Begun
- Scene 8: At the Opera, and
- Scene 9: Nastenka’s Story Concluded
. . . the whole sequence being a nested narrative, Nastenka telling the Dreamer her life’s story . . . and then Night the Second concludes with a return to ‘the present,’ Nastenka speaking to the Dreamer.
My initial 2003 guess that this sequence (Scenes 7-9) would run 20 minutes, is not too bad. The outline as later modified already expanded that slightly; and as I get to actual composition, the music’s duration is shaping up to perhaps 26 minutes or so. Assuming that Scene 9 does not get out of hand . . . .