B0216. NEW GROVE DICTIONARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS, Stanley Sadie, Ed., 1980 Edition. (Hong Kong) Macmillan, 1981, c.25,845pp., in 20 Volumes. Bound in original publishers brown cloth, blue title label, gilt lettering, this 1980 edition includes 22,500 articles and 16,500 biographies. [this 20 volume set will involve extra shipping charges to some countries] - 0-333-23111-2
"Much as his predecessors, Sadie was a prominent music critic and journalist, but he also had studied under leading British musicologists and earned a PhD in the field. Thus, he combined literate criticism of music and musical performance with training in music research, and was prepared to take advantage of the rapid expansion of international musical scholarship of the first generation to mature following WWII. He traveled frequently to scholarly conferences in Europe and North America, lining up the most prominent specialists as area editors to plan out coverage, suggest authors, and approve submitted articles. For instance, with Mantle Hood he planned out coverage of music around the globe. So thorough were the changes that the work was retitled THE NEW GROVE DICTIONARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. In a report on the edition’s progress (MLA Notes 13/2, December 1975, 259–68), Sadie confidently predicted that the new edition would comprise 14 volumes; in 1980 it appeared as 20 volumes, one million words per volume, 97% of it (by his later estimation) newly written. The NEW GROVE, more than twice the size of its predecessor, undoubtedly constituted the largest single project of assembling musical knowledge ever undertaken for one edited reference work, bonding music scholars to it as a central project of their profession. It was also the first to involve scholars worldwide from every continent, including a large contingent of young Americans as writers and as editors."