Anyway, the memorization process went a lot better than I thought it would; I completely stopped referring to the music (except for very occasional dynamics reminders) a few weeks ago. I played the piece through completely cold nearly every day, and several times a day after warming up a bit. I played for my dogs, a former teacher (twice), and my husband. I played in different locations with different acoustics. The piece seemed so ingrained that yesterday at the recital I worried I would somehow draw a complete blank and forget everything. Happily, that didn't happen. Which is not to say I played my best (I didn't), but I did manage to play from memory. Thanks to everyone who offered advice.
Now, if only I could banish performance nerves completely... :-)Tweet
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