wrote about a personal discovery that she made a while back: that for her, she is able to perform better, both as a speaker and as a violist, if her presentation -- or music -- is memorized.This week, longtime V.com member Karen Allendoerfer
For certain people, having a piece of music memorized is the best way to ensure a solid performance. For that kind of performer, often the sheet music can feel like a distraction or even a hindrance. But it's not the case for everyone. For others, having the music there provides security, relieving the performer of the stress of having a memory slip. If the stress of memorization dwarfs the entire act of performing, then having the music for the performance can be the best way to go.
Personally, I feel much better, having memorized a piece. It means that I have a certain degree of mastery over it, and I find that I can pay better attention to what I'm hearing, if I have things memorize. Like I said, though, there are other views, for example this blog from Paul Stein describes some reasons not to memorize.
Now, of course I'm not talking about memorizing for something like a symphony orchestra concert, but more for a solo performance. (Though, for example, The Chiara String Quartet said they found a new level of ensemble when they started performing together 'by heart.')
What are your thoughts on memorizing? Do you find you play better by memory, or with the music? Please vote and then share your thoughts.
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