Working on piano/vocal scores for Cool Night and Genealogie these days, and I can honestly say there is no compositional task I find more frustrating. Can’t ever find a happy medium between leaving out my favorite parts and tangling the fingers in too many notes. I could use a fairy godmother about now, someone to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Here is the way to do it.” Or, better yet, “Here, let me do it for you.”
Unfortunately, I know that the latter offer, as nice as it would be to hear, would get me nowhere, because I could never be satisfied with the way someone else did the job. I am cursed to keep trying to get it right, despite overwhelming evidence that I never will.