I have never been able to memorize anything. When I was in school plays and trying to recite my part in Shakespeare it came out different every time, driving my drama teacher nuts. I've come to accept it as part of what I am - and it has a nice aspect as failure to do rote inevitably also generates something new.
I can not learn a piece of music. Try as I might looking at the line and then closing my eyes results in a few notes and then nothing. Oddly, however, if I have a tune in my mind I am quite good at giving a good rendition of it - but I never know, for example, what key it will appear in.
So imagine my astonishment when I found I could play the first two sides of my current piece (Mozart 3rd) without music! And get the bowing and fingering corret. Sure it still very much a work in progress (probably will be for the rest of my life) but its all in my head. Why now and why this piece? Well, I think its quite simple: its the first one that I have ever worked on every note and short phrase separately and in great detail. I know each set of notes intimately and my peculiar brain has kindly strung each set together - so that i can not only play it but adjust bowing etc as I do.
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