I have to acknowledge that I have reached the point in my pitch imperfection at which I hear more music a semitone higher than played and written than I hear on pitch and in key. I have a CD set of Liszt’s piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies which I have been listening to on my car commutes. When the 1st Symphony sounded in D flat major after a few seconds and the 2nd symphony was up a semitone from the D major first chord, I knew that the Rubicon had been crossed. A few keys hold out consistently – A minor and F major in the vanguard – but in general the musical world has moved up a degree. I had better adjust my emotional response to the ‘new music’.