I first heard "To a Wild Rose" being played by The Christopher Whitehead Girl's School Worcester Recorder Ensemble, directed by Glenis Cole at the Waldschule, Schwanewede in April 1982 and a nice effort it was too. This inspired us in The Schwanewede Recorder Consort
to also take it into our repertoire in due course.
This is really a most beautiful short piece. I love hearing it played preferably with two or three basses, three or four tenors, two trebles and just one descant. It is of delightful simplicity and as the playing directions say it should be played with "simple tenderness". the whole thing should be done in piano/pianissimo
with the crescendi rising to mezzo forte
. This arrangement by Brian Bonsor is excellent for medium ability players to show their powers of expression.