Music Composers Unite!
So, the past few days I've been revisiting one of my old pieces and re-orchestrating it. After finishing the first main theme, I decided on a whim that instead of continuing to the second main theme as I had previously written, I would insert a fugato passage based on a variation of the main motif, just as a fun embellishment. So I spent the past 2 days writing a mini fugue-like passage and today I got to the climax of the fugato... The new passage sounds totally awesome (if I do say so myself), but I just realized that it has also taken the piece in a completely new direction, and I have no idea how to link it back to any of the extensive material I had written for it in the past! Now I'm feeling a little lost...
Has any of your compositions ever taken on a life of its own, as it were, so that it starts going off in a direction that you never expected and ends up somewhere that you have no idea where to go next? What do you do when you find yourself in this situation? Forcefully draw it back on track, or just go with the flow and see where it ends up? (Even if it means you're basically throwing away 90% of the previous work you've done on it?)