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I agree with much of what is posted here, but I must say it just looks more impressive when a musician is playing without sheet music, because it seems to imply either that:

A) they have a good memory

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B) They have devoted so much time and effort to the piece that they don't need the score.

When sheet music is seen it can cause one to question whether the performer really loves the music they are playing, or are they just a really proficient sight reader playing a paid gig.
 

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I know some use sheet music because they respect the composers wishes so much that they don't want to make any errors. That was the case with Richter, who I believe started using sheet music after he discovered he had been playing one note wrong in a Bach piece for years.
 
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