March 23, 2005
Stanley Sadie, musical scholar and editor of the New Grove, dies
Today's New York Times reports that Stanley Sadie, British musicologist and editor died on Monday, March 21, in London at the age of 74. Although he had a wide-ranging career as a music history scholar, Sadie will be most remembered as the general editor of the last two editions of the monumental New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. (The Case community has free access to the online version of New Grove from campus network computers or using VPN. This access is provided by the Kulas Music Library, a branch of KSL, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Library.)
As the New Grove's editor Stanley Sadie presided over the transition of this authoritative source from first a 20-volume set (in its 1980 edition) to 29 printed volumes and a constantly updated online version in 2001. He also knew the gold mine of data he was presiding over and expanded the the New Grove's range of activity to a large number of separately-published composer and musical topic monographs, by many of the leading scholars of the day. He also established more in-depth special dictionaries (one for opera; others for musical instruments and American music).
Stanley Sadie's final two books will be published in May and December this year.
Posted by tdr at March 23, 2005 09:09 PM
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