- John Hajdu Heyer
(b Boulbon, nr Arles, Oct 2, 1646; d Aix-en-Provence, Jan 26, 1706). French composer and teacher. He was the leading pedagogue of the choir school of St Sauveur in Aix-en-Provence, which produced an exceptional number of prominent composers of sacred music during Poitevin’s time and in the succeeding generations. Despite his birth in Boulbon, Poitevin’s home was in Arles. He was the son of a merchant-class family: Roc Poitevin, his father, owned a butcher shop. Guillaume Poitevin was trained as a choirboy at St Trophime, Arles. He served there at the time of Louis XIV’s three-day visit to Arles and St Trophime in mid-January 1660. On November 17, 1663 Poitevin was engaged to serve the Cathedral of St Sauveur, Aix-en-Provence, on the strength of his serpent playing. There he received the tonsure on March 8, 1665 and on April 23, 1667 was named maître de musique of the cathedral. He was ordained on ...