- John Hajdu Heyer
(b Tarascon, nr Avignon, Jan 8, 1668; d Toulouse, Feb 5, 1705). French composer. The son of an illiterate labourer, Gilles enrolled on May 6, 1679 in the choir school of the Cathedral of St Sauveur in Aix-en-Provence. His teacher was Guillaume Poitevin, who also taught a number of Provence’s other most reputable composers, including Campra and Blanchard. In 1687 Gilles left the boys’ choir but continued in the service of the cathedral. Gilles’s signature appears in the St Sauveur register of baptisms, marriages, and burials, where he is identified as an ecclesiastic assisting at a burial on June 17, 1687, indicating that he had by then taken minor orders. On November 5, 1688, at Poitevin’s request, he shared the positions of sous-maître and organist with another student, Jacques Cabassole. Poitevin retired on May 4, 1693 and Gilles succeeded him as maître de musique. But despite an increase in his salary and several remunerative privileges, his action in ...