Raindrop New Music
Raindrop New Music is a grassroots composer collective and sheet music store focused on the distribution of vocal music and beyond by Pacific Northwest Composers of gender diverse backgrounds
“To the heart that knows fire” is a collection of 12 choral works by Drew Swatosh, Carolyn Quick and Lisa Neher which explore finding beauty and hope amid darkness. The collection’s title is drawn from Emily Pauline Johnson’s poem Fire-Flowers, set by Carolyn in her piece To the heart that knows fire:
And only where the forest fires have sped,
Scorching relentlessly the cool north lands,
A sweet wild flower lifts its purple head,
And, like some gentle spirit sorrow-fed,
It hides the scars with almost human hands.
And only to the heart that knows of grief,
Of desolating fire, of human pain,
There comes some purifying sweet belief,
Some fellow-feeling beautiful, if brief.
And life revives, and blossoms once again.
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