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£5,250.00

Medium: Silkscreen with collage

Size: 81 x 76cm

Edition: Signed VP  and dated AP65

Published 1965

£1,650.00

Medium: Silkscreen

Size: 87 x 48cm

Edition: Signed VP82 XV/XX

Published 1982

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TODAY! To mark the quatercentenary of the Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford Professor of Poetry Alice Oswald is publishing a ‘postal performance’ of new music and poetry.
The Same Blackbird
The Same Blackbird contains two excerpts from Strathmore – a scrupulous transcription of blackbird song by Stevie Wishart – and Blackbird Rhapsody, a response by Alice Oswald. The reverse of the wrapper shows a mezzotint by Sarah Gillespie, which she has engraved and editioned as part of the wider artistic collaboration.

Male blackbirds start singing in late winter. At first they practice a series of subsongs, which they edit and combine into a complex final melody. Alice Oswald's rhapsody observes the same structure. It begins by attending to the blackbird's rehearsal, then searches through various forms to find the right sound. It is a fanfare to awaken the Oxford Garden, whose own response will be heard in July 2022, a year from now.

The Strathmore blackbird was recorded by the zoomusicologist Geoff Sample in Sutherland in May 2015. A snippet of Stevie Wishart's transcription and notation are shown here along with a representation of the song's sonic 'heartbeat' in the form of a spectrogram.

Here is the link

https://obga.web.ox.ac.uk/alice-oswald-same-blackbird

The Same Blackbird – Sarah Gillespie’s mezzotint envelope and, as separately printed enclosures, Alice Oswald’s Rhapsody and two extracts from Stevie Wishart’s Strathmore score – is being published by The Letter Press in an edition of 500, 250 of which are offered free to subscribers #celebration #poetry #aliceoswald #sarahgillespie #theletterpress #blackbird #lovenature #StevieWishart #oxfordbotanicgarden #birdsong
TODAY! To mark the quatercentenary of the Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford Professor of Poetry Alice Oswald is publishing a ‘postal performance’ of new music and poetry. The Same Blackbird The Same Blackbird contains two excerpts from Strathmore – a scrupulous transcription of blackbird song by Stevie Wishart – and Blackbird Rhapsody, a response by Alice Oswald. The reverse of the wrapper shows a mezzotint by Sarah Gillespie, which she has engraved and editioned as part of the wider artistic collaboration. Male blackbirds start singing in late winter. At first they practice a series of subsongs, which they edit and combine into a complex final melody. Alice Oswald's rhapsody observes the same structure. It begins by attending to the blackbird's rehearsal, then searches through various forms to find the right sound. It is a fanfare to awaken the Oxford Garden, whose own response will be heard in July 2022, a year from now. The Strathmore blackbird was recorded by the zoomusicologist Geoff Sample in Sutherland in May 2015. A snippet of Stevie Wishart's transcription and notation are shown here along with a representation of the song's sonic 'heartbeat' in the form of a spectrogram. Here is the link https://obga.web.ox.ac.uk/alice-oswald-same-blackbird The Same Blackbird – Sarah Gillespie’s mezzotint envelope and, as separately printed enclosures, Alice Oswald’s Rhapsody and two extracts from Stevie Wishart’s Strathmore score – is being published by The Letter Press in an edition of 500, 250 of which are offered free to subscribers #celebration #poetry #aliceoswald #sarahgillespie #theletterpress #blackbird #lovenature #StevieWishart #oxfordbotanicgarden #birdsong