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Curiously Uninvolved

Thibault Cauvin's
travels in China -
reviewed by
HOWARD SMITH

'... a catalogue of missed opportunities.'

Thibault Cauvin's 'Across China'. A film by Nicolas Pierre Morin. © 2010 D'Addario

Nicolas Morin's musical travelogue, following in the footsteps of peripatetic Parisian guitarist Thibault Cauvin, appears to be a catalogue of missed opportunities.

There's more insight and entertainment in 'Il Milione', Venetian traveler Marco Polo's account of his extensive travels (1275-1292) in China; We are not told whether Polo travelled with a 'guitarra moresca' (Moorish guitar) or 'guitarra latina' (Latin guitar); instruments descended from the Arabic Rebec and in widespread use by the thirteenth century. However Marco set out on his principal explorations age around twenty-one. He may well have had a guitarra with his baggage...

Copyright © 26 June 2012 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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THIBAULT CAUVIN'S 'ACROSS CHINA'

CHINA

FRANCE

GUITAR MUSIC

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE

DOMENICO SCARLATTI

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