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Sadie, Stanley


SADIE, STANLEY (John , 1930– ), British music critic, musicologist, author, and editor. Sadie was born in London, where he received his education, as well as at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. His dissertation was on "British Chamber Music, 1720–1790" (U. of Cambridge, 1958). He was a teacher at the Trinity College of Music, London (1957–65), a music critic of the London Times from 1964 to 1981, and a reviewer for Gramophone (1965– ). He took over the editorship of the Musical Times in 1967 and was the editor in chief of the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980) as well as its second edition (London 2000). Sadie served as president of the councils of the Royal Musical Association (1989–94) and The International Musicological Society (1992–97) and on the boards of several journals, including Music and Letters, from 1989, and Journal of Musicology, from 1982. His publications include Handel (1962), Mozart (1966, 1981), Beethoven (1967), The Pan Book of Opera/ The Opera Guide (with Arthur Jacobs, 1964, 1969), and Handel Organ Concertos (1972). A frequent contributor to musical journals, Sadie edited much 18th-century music, on which – as on Mozart and Handel – he was considered an expert. Along with his writings Sadie and his wife, the cellist, bass viol player, and musicologist Julie Anne Vertrees, initiated the foundation of the Handel House Museum in London; they are authors of a guide to European composer museums, Calling on the Composer (London 2000).

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