A summer of music and spiritual deconfinement

"Paganini the violinist of the Devil" (Tallandier), by Laure Dautriche and "Le mal à cœur, acédie: de la melancholy à la joie" (Cerf), by Alexandra Puppinck Bartoli.

© Éditions Tallandier / Cerf

By: Geneviève Delrue

3 min


World Religions - Sunday August 1, 2021 - 11.10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Paris time)

From August 19 to 29, 2021, the

 55th Festival de la Chaise-Dieu

in Haute-Loire will be held, the major meeting since 1966 for music lovers and artists of international renown. If, in nearly six decades, the festival has greatly diversified, sacred music, its DNA, continues to offer highlights with in particular British choral music, on August 20, 2021, the Mass in B minor by Jean- Sébastien Bach but also British choral music with works by Purcell and Britten. Meeting with its director

Julien Caron


Paganini the Devil's violinist

 " (Tallandier)

. After "These musicians who made history",

Laure Dautriche

, violist and journalist, signs a very complete biography of the famous Italian violinist (1783-1840). A virtuoso acclaimed throughout Europe, the extraordinary agility of his hands, his emaciated physique and his dark eyes earned him the nickname “Devil's violinist” during his lifetime. This legend to which the Church subscribed will follow him to his tomb.


Evil to the soul, acedia: from melancholy to joy



. The Desert Fathers, these hermits of the early days of Christianity, had identified a strange evil which gripped some of them: this languishing sadness, this loss of the taste for life and the meaning of their vocation, to which they gave a name the acedia ignored nowadays. And yet, for


Puppinck Bartoli

, coach and philosopher, this discomfort has spread insidiously in Western societies worked by "hyper" (consumption, activity, connection, performance, etc.) abandoning all spiritual activity.

This ancient evil has therefore mutated and presents itself in various facets from melancholy to hyperactivity.

Liberating the spiritual gaze on existence, deconfining it: this is what Alexandra Puppinck Bartoli's book proposes.


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