Stanley Sadie

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Stanley John Sadie, PhD CBE (30 October 1930 Wembley, England – 21 March 2005 Cossington, Somerset) was an influential and prolific British musicologist, music critic, and editor. He was editor of the sixth edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980), which was published as the first edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.[1][2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Sadie was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read music under Thurston Dart. Sadie earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in 1953, a Master of Arts degree in 1957, and a PhD in 1958. His doctoral dissertation was on mid-eighteenth-century British chamber music. After Cambridge, he taught at Trinity College of Music, London (1957–1965).[5][6][7]

Sadie then turned to music journalism, becoming music critic for The Times (1964–1981), and contributing reviews to the Financial Times after 1981, when he had to leave his position and The Times because of his commitments to the Grove and other scholarly work. He was editor of The Musical Times 1967–1987.[8][9][10]

From 1970 Sadie was editor of what was planned to be the sixth edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980). Sadie oversaw major changes to the Dictionary, which grew from nine volumes to 20, and was published as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (New Grove), and is now referred to as the first edition under that name. He was also an important force behind the second edition of New Grove (2001), which grew further to 29 volumes. Sadie also oversaw a major expansion of the Grove franchise, editing the one-volume Grove Concise Dictionary of Music (1988), and several spinoff dictionaries, such as the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (three volumes, 1984), the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, (with H. Wiley Hitchcock, four volumes, 1986), and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera (four volumes, 1992). He also edited composer biographies based on the entries in Grove.[11][12]

Outside his work on the Grove Dictionaries, Sadie was a renowned Mozart scholar, publishing several books. He also was instrumental in saving the Mayfair house where George Frideric Handel once lived, turning it into the Handel House Museum.

He was president of the Royal Musical Association (1989-94), of the International Musicological Society (1992-97), and of the Trustees of the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham.

He was also an accomplished bassoonist.[13][14][15][16]

Sadie died at his home in Cossington, Somerset, 21 March 2005, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), which had been diagnosed only a few weeks earlier.

Family[edit]

Sadie married twice. His first wife, Adèle Sadie (née Bloom), by whom he had two sons and a daughter, died in 1978. By his second wife, Julie Anne Sadie, PhD (née Vertrees; born 1948), also a musicologist, he had a son and daughter. He was survived by all five of his children and Julie Anne. His grandchildren are Melanie, Nicola and Jennifer Sadie; Ben, Adele and Rachel Payne; and Max and Lila Larney.

Honours[edit]

In 1982, Sadie was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). He received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Leicester in 1982, and was elected honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994 and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 2005, Sadie became a Handel Music Prize laureate.

Professional affiliations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography Index, H.W. Wilson Co.; ISSN 0006-3053
        Vol. 12: Sep. 1979–Aug. 1982 (1983)
        Vol. 30: Sep. 2004–Aug. 2005 (2005)
        Vol. 31 Sep. 2005–Aug. 2006 (2006)
  2. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Sadie is in Vol. 5 of 6), Macmillan; Schirmer
        6th ed, Slonimsky (ed.) (1978); OCLC 4426869
        7th ed, Slonimsky (ed.) (1984); OCLC 10574930
        8th ed, Slonimsky (ed.) (1992); OCLC 24246972
        9th ed, Laura Diane Kuhn (ed.) (born 1953) (2001); OCLC 44972043
  3. ^ Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians, Nicolas Slonimsky (ed), Schirmer (1997); OCLC 36111932
  4. ^ Baker's Dictionary of Opera, Laura Kuhn (born 1953), New York: Schirmer Books (2000); OCLC 41531658
  5. ^ Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Detroit: Gale Research; ISSN 0275-7176
        Vol. 9 (1983); OCLC 873325505
        Vol. 115 (2003); OCLC 659933884
  6. ^ Contemporary Authors Detroit: Gale Research; ISSN 0275-7176; ISSN 0010-7468
        Vols. 17—20, 1st rev. (1976); OCLC 655229931
        Volume 237 (2006); OCLC 507344108
  7. ^ The International Authors and Writers Who's Who, Adrian Gaster (1919–1989) (ed), Cambridge, England: International Biographical Centre; ISSN 0143-8263
        8th ed. (1977)
        9th ed. (1982)
        10th ed. (1986)
        12th ed. (1991)
        11th ed. (1989)
        13th ed. 1993- 94 (1993)
  8. ^ International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory (in the Classical and Light Classical fields), Adrian Gaster (1919–1989), Cambridge, England: International Who's Who in Music; ISSN 0307-2894
        6th ed. (1972); OCLC 9991844
        9th ed. (1980); OCLC 7519641
        12th ed. 1990–1991 (1990); OCLC 28065697
        17th ed. 2000–2001 (2000); OCLC 610394664
  9. ^ International Who's Who, Europa Publications; ISSN 0074-9613
        42nd ed., 1978 (1978); OCLC 440743278
        43rd ed., 1979–80 (1979); OCLC 440743632
        44th ed., 1980–81 (1980); OCLC 440743737
        45th ed., 1981–82 (1981); OCLC 440743813
        46th ed., 1982–83 (1982); OCLC 440744015
        47th ed., 1983–84 (1983); OCLC 441457144
        53rd ed., 1989–90 (1989); OCLC 20250797
        55th ed., 1991–92 (1991); OCLC 24322591
        57th ed., 1993–94 (1993); OCLC 28473075
        61st ed., 1997–98 (1997); OCLC 37363047
        62nd ed., 1998–99 (1998); OCLC 39517239
        63rd ed., 2000 (1999); OCLC 59440072
        64th ed., 2000–01 (2000); OCLC 43788856
        65th ed., 2002 (2001); OCLC 59550486
        66th ed., 2003 (2002); OCLC 50197639
        67th ed., 2004 (2003); OCLC 59342773
        68th ed., 2005 (2004); OCLC 59262688
  10. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 20 volumes, Stanley Sadie (ed.) London: Macmillan Publishers (1980); OCLC 5676891
  11. ^ Something about the Author, Vol. 14, Detroit: Gale Research (1978); OCLC 705262453
  12. ^ Who's Who, An Annual Biographical Dictionary, St. Martin's Press; ISSN 0083-937X
        126th Year, 1974–1975 (1974)
        134th Year, 1982–1983 (1982)
        135th Year, 1983–1984 (1983)
        137th Year, 1985–1986 (1985)
        140th Year, 1988 (1988)
        142nd Year, 1990 (1990)
        144th Year, 1992 (1992)
        146th Year, 1994 (1994)
        150th Year, 1998 (1998)
        151st Year, 1999 (1999)
        152nd Year, 2000 (2000)
        153rd Year, 2001 2001)
        154th Year, 2002 2002)
        155th Year, 2003 (2003)
        156th Year, 2004 (2004)
        157th Year, 2005 (2005)
  13. ^ The Author's and Writer's Who's Who, 6th ed., J.V. Yates (ed.), Darien, CT: Hafner Publishing Co. (1971); OCLC 1243912
  14. ^ Who's Who in Entertainment, 3rd ed., 1998–1999, Marquis Who's Who (1997); OCLC 38740408
  15. ^ Who's Who in the World, Wilmette, Illinois: Marquis Who's Who; ISSN 0083-9825
        3rd ed., 1976–1977 (1976)
        7th ed., 1984–1985 (1984)
        8th ed., 1987–1988 (1986)
        9th ed., 1989–1990 (1988)
        10th ed., 1991–1992 (1990)
        11th ed., 1993–1994 (1992)
        12th ed., 1995–1996 (1994)
        13th ed., 1996–1997 (1995)
        14th ed., 1997 (1996)
        15th ed., 1998 (1997)
        16th ed., 1999 (1999)
        17th ed., 2000 (1999)
        18th ed., 2001 (2000)
        19th ed., 2002 (2001)
  16. ^ The Writers Directory St. Martin's Press; ISSN 0084-2699
        3rd ed., 1976–1978
        4th ed., 1980–1982
        5th ed., 1982–1984 (1981)
        6th ed., 1984–1986 (1983)
        7th ed., 1986–1988 (1986)
        8th ed., 1988–1990 (1988)
        9th ed., 1990–1992 (1990)
        10th ed., 1992–1994 (1991)
        11th ed., 1994–1996 (1994)
        12th ed., 1996–1998 (1996)
        13th ed., 1998–2000 (1997)
        14th ed., 1999 (1999)
        15th ed., 2000 (2000)
        16th ed., 2001 (2001)
        17th ed., 2002 (2002)
        18th ed., 2003 (2003)
        19th ed., 2004 (2003)
        20th ed., 2005 (2004)
        21st ed., 2006 (2005)
        22nd ed., 2007 (2006)
        23rd ed., 2008 (2007) (obituaries at end of vol.)

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