My daughter is teaching herself to play Chopin’s Mazurka in A minor. The middle section is in F sharp minor. She was practising this section when I came in from a pleasant walk below Table Mountain. Not surprising to me was the G minor picture of her fingers on the piano keys that saw in my head. The music soundedin this key. I decided to experiment: I lookedover her shoulder at her fingers. Yes, Top note C sharp as I knew it must be – and as i looked the music I heard seamlessly changed to F sharp minor. No transposition; merely a change of sense. I looked away and within two seconds I was hearing G minor again.

When Ursula arrived at the A minor recap, it was in the ‘right’ key. I’ll talk to that paradox in another post.