Stanley Sadie

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Stanley John Sadie (born October 30, 1930 in Wembley , † March 31, 2005 in Cossington ) was a British musicologist and music critic . Sadie received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1958 . His dissertation is entitled The British Chamber Music 1720–1790 .


Stanley Sadie was a professor at Trinity College of Music in London from 1957 to 1965 . From 1964 until 1981 he worked as a music critic for the daily newspaper The Times and from 1967 to 1987 as co-editor of the magazine The Musical Times . His most important activity, however, was the publication of the 6th edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians , originally founded by George Grove , in 1980. Sadie revised the work significantly, expanded it from 9 to 20 volumes and added The New , as now The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians . The seventh edition was published in 2001 under Sadie's direction, now expanded to 29 volumes. The Grove Dictionary is now considered the most important encyclopedia in musicology.

The Handel House Museum in London- Mayfair is thanks to his initiative .

In 2005 he was awarded the Handel Prize of the city of Halle (posthumously).

Other publications (selection)

As an author

As editor


  • Brockhaus Riemann Musiklexikon, Volume 4, Page 82.

Individual evidence

  1. Gallery of the Handel Prize Winner. Handelhaus Foundation, accessed on October 31, 2019 .

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