Stanley Sadie

Born: October 30, 1930
Died: March 21, 2005

Occupation: Musicologist and Music Critic

Challenges overcome: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Stanley Sadie was an influential and well-respected music critic, editor and musicologist.

He was educated at St Paul’s, London and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read music. Stanley earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1953, a Master of Arts degree in 1957, and a PhD in 1958. After gaining his degrees at Cambridge, Stanley went to teach at Trinity College of Music from 1957 – 1965.
Sadie turned to music journalism in 1964, and wrote for The Times, The Musical Times, and The financial Times. He was editor for the Musical Times from 1967 – 1987.

From 1970, Sadie was involved with the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. As it’s editor, Stanley turned the dictionary from nine volumes to twenty, creating his own first edition; the New Grove. He was also an important part of its second edition of the New Groove, and oversaw the major expansion of the Grove franchise.

Stanley was also a renowned Mozart scholar, and well known for his love of Mozart and Handel, wrote passionately, with wit and perception, in the elegant and unpretentious prose that characterised all his writings, in his books.

Other contributions to the music world included, President of the Royal Music Association, and the International Musicological Society. In 1982, Stanley was appointed CBE and also received Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Leicester. In 2005, Sadie became a Handel Music Prize laureate.

Challenges Overcome

Stanley died in his Somerset home in March 2005 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, which he had only been diagnosed with a few weeks earlier.

Disability Definitions

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s or Motor Neuron Disease, is a progressive, neuromuscular disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.  Motor neurons, among the largest of all nerve cells, reach the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body.  When these motor neurons die, the brain can no longer start and control muscle movement.


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