Song Of The Lark By Willa Cather Classic Novels Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 - April 24, 1947) was an American author who achieved recognition for her vels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Antonia, and The Song of the Lark. The Song of the Lark is the third vel by American author Willa Cather, written in 1915. The title comes from a painting of the same name by Jules Adolphe Aime Louis Breton. Set in the 1890s in Moonstone, a fictional town located in Colorado, The Song of the Lark is the self-portrait of an artist in the making. The story revolves around an ambitious young heroine, Thea Kronborg, who leaves her hometown to go to the big city to fulfill her dream of becoming a well-trained pianist, a better pia teacher. When her pia instructor hears her voice, he realizes that this is her true artistic gift. He encourages her to pursue her vocal training instead of pia saying ... your voice is worth all that you can put into it. I have t come to this decision rashly.