Until earlier this week I would have said emphatically that I was not a memoriser and that if I was obliged to play from memory I would have a mental image of the score running through my head as I played.
However, as I have posted elsewhere, earlier this week I decided as an experiment to rehearse with an accompanist without having the music in front of me and, to my great surprise, found it to be a liberating experience.
I have been experimenting further at home and have discovered that if I stop trying to visualise the score then I can play far more of the piece from memory than I thought I could. I'm finding the prospect of playing from memory both exciting and frightening; exciting because it is offering me expressive possibilites that I didn't have before but frightening because I don't trust this newly discovered skill.
What I would like to know is what is going on in the heads of those who like playing from memory. Do you just hear the piece in your head and trust that your fingers will play the right notes?