Musical Anti-Virtuosity in New Zealand’s Nature’s Best

Braae, Nick (2016) Musical Anti-Virtuosity in New Zealand’s Nature’s Best. Popular Music and Society . ISSN 1740-1712

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2016.1243981

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This article presents an analysis of Nature’s Best (2002), three albums that represent the mainstream and critical canon of New Zealand popular music. I argue that Nature’s Best predominantly conveys the viewpoints of white, male songwriters, many of whom belonged to a “Golden Generation” of New Zealand musicians. Further, the tracks on Nature’s Best are frequently imbued with a sense of musical anti- virtuosity, which provides a representation in song of masculine tropes that are common in New Zealand culture.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:This article was published online in October 2016, with an anticipated print publication in 2018.
Keywords that describe the item:Music, Analysis, New Zealand, Style, Virtuosity, Culture, Masculinity
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:4566
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Deposited On:25 Oct 2016 20:22
Last Modified:25 Oct 2016 20:22

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