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


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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.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music, Analysis, New Zealand, Style, Virtuosity, Culture, Masculinity
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Nick Braae
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 20:22
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:23

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