Progressing chronologically, Giannone shows how Cather's view and use of music changed over time. From what her early journalistic pieces on music and musicians reveal about her attitude and anticipate in her later work, Giannone moves to Cather's early stories to identify the trend of some of her artistic choices, the direction of her stylistic development, and the complication of her moral interest as these are manifested in musical references. In her novels and later stories, he emphasizes the contribution of music to the individual work, as well as the allusions and connections that sound throughout her oeuvre.
Definitive study of the role of music in Willa Cather's novels and short stories
A professor of English at Fordham University, Richard Giannone is the author of Flannery O'Connor, Hermit Novelist and other works. Philip Kennicott is a music critic for the Washington Post.