Status update: 5 months of practice in, I can only barely manage 102-104 ish with mistakes. This piece is much harder than I thought
The 4th page from the end or so is just a nightmare.
I was wondering how things were going with you. I've been invited to play it as part of a recital program in DC on February. I plan to also include the Scarlatti Toccata/Sonata K.141, among other things, you know, just to keep it real. Probably a bit reckless to commit to the Prokofiev, but I think it's the only way I'm going to overcome COVID-19 lockdown lethargy and do some proper practice.
Fourth page from the end is a bugger times two. I keep trying new fingerings, which fix one problem but then create others elsewhere. Some of it can be fudged, but a lot can't, especially if you're going light on sustaining pedal, which I am. I'm shooting for 100 as my goal. I can get through it at around 80 with few mistakes, though of course the last 20 bpm are going to be a bear. One of my problems is that sometimes when I play it through I just stop for no real reason. It's like muscle memory and intellectual memory both fail simultaneously. It doesn't only happen in the difficult bits. I'm still trying to figure out what's going on so I can fix it somehow.
Hang in there my Op. 11 friend!