Lionel Rogg (b. 1936) is a Swiss organist and composer who served for many years on the faculty of the Geneva Conservatory until his retirement in 2001. As one of the world’s most distinguished concert organists, he has toured and recorded widely. Rogg recorded the complete organ works of Bach three times, most notably on the A. Silbermann organ in Arlesheim (first released in 1970). In the late 1970s, Rogg began composing, focusing primarily on works for organ. In the years since he has completed many organ solos, chamber works, and a concerto for organ and orchestra, commissioned by the city of Geneva in 1993 for the inauguration of the new organ in Victoria Hall.
This piece (2001) was written on the occasion of a concert given at the Abbey of Payerne, which features an organ built by J. Ahrend. The theme of this Chaconne alternates thirds and sixths pures. The counterpoint is established gradually and is generally in consonance.