So, I have been working on my overture for mid-sized orchestra, and have finally completed the score, which represents a major revision of the piece (it's almost a complete reorchestration of the original piece, which was written back in 2007 but was poorly orchestrated). The orchestration is much better now, but there are still some seriously problematic passages.
Am I the only one who is having serious doubts about the score right after finishing a major rewriting effort? Right now I feel like gutting one of the key passages and reworking it from scratch -- I had already rewritten this passage once from the original version, and afterwards made a major revision of it, but I'm still quite unhappy with it.
Not to mention, after I finished the score, I looked over it and noticed that in a few places I had written flute parts that are just one note too high, and oboe parts that drop down too low into the hard-to-control register. So there's still lots of things to cleanup.
I suppose these things are common issues composers have to grapple with... but the frustrating thing is, when I first set out to revise the original version of the piece, I had thought that it only needed a few touch-ups to get into good shape. Haha, how wrong I was. Now after essentially reorchestrating the whole thing from scratch, I'm still not done yet... Sigh.