Pierre Segond

Pierre_Segond_1982Swiss organist Pierre Segond was born in 1913 in Geneva and died in 2000. He studied at the Conservatoire de Genève under Henri Gagnebin and Alexandre Mottu. After that, he obtained his Premier Prix from the Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Marcel Dupré. His classmates included Jehan Alain, Jeanne Demessieux and Marie-Louise Girod. He served as organiste titulaire of the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre in Geneva from 1942 to 1994.


Segond: Les grandes orgues de la Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève

Pierre Segond – Improvisation (1958) – Haarlem

Lionel Rogg

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Professor of Organ at the Geneva Conservatory until 2001, Lionel Rogg has welcomed students from all over the world. He frequently gives master-classes and is now professor of organ and improvisation at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

RoggImprovCourseVol1He has written an Improvisation Course for organists, published in French and English by Editions Musicales de la Schola Cantorum. Volume 1 is practical harmony, ornamental counterpoint and chorale. Volume 2 is modal and free style. See a complete review of volume 1 here.


Organ Improvisations on Bach Toccata & Fugue in D Minor
This recording features many performers, including Lionel Rogg, Barbara Dennetlein, Frederic Blanc, Holm Vogel, Johannes Mayr, Vincent Thevenaz, and David Franke. There is a video below that is likely made from this recording, but until I get a copy of the recording this is an unverified claim.

Lionel Rogg – Variations and Fugue on a theme of Albert de Klerk – 15th Haarlem Improvisation Competition

Improvisation sur la Toccata en ré mineur
Lionel Rogg – Interlude improvisé – Hofkirche, Lucerne