Stanley Sadie, Musicologist and Editor of New Grove Dictionary, Is Dead at 74
Thursday, March 24, 2005
LONDON ó Stanley Sadie, a Mozart scholar and editor of the massive New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, has died. He was 74.
Sadie died Monday [March 21] at his home in Cossington, England, of motor neuron disease, his family said. [According to The New York Times, on Sunday night, the Chilingirian String Quartet, following a performance in a concert series founded by Sadie and his wife, played Beethoven at the dying man's bedside.]
Born in London, Sadie studied music at Cambridge University with Charles Cudworth and Thurston Dart, who sparked a lifelong interest in music of the 18th century.
He taught at Trinity College of Music before becoming a music critic for The Times newspaper in 1964, continuing until 1981. He edited The Musical Times from 1967 to 1987.
In 1970, he was appointed to edit a new edition of the venerable Grove Dictionary, which appeared in 21 volumes 10 years later. There was a small embarrassment for Sadie ó a contributor invented two fictional composers who eluded the editor's vigilance and were included in the dictionary.
Sadie also played a key role in the 29-volume second edition, published in 2001, serving as editor and then emeritus editor. He also edited The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (co-edited with H. Wiley Hitchcock) in 1986 and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992). He also produced small Grove books on Mozart and Igor Stravinsky.
Sadie and his wife, Julie Anne, initiated the establishment of the Handel House Museum in London, in the house once occupied by the composer.
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