I first heard Red Rose Rag
being played by The Christopher Whitehead Girl's School Worcester Recorder Ensemble, directed by Glenis Cole at the Waldschule, Schwanewede in April 1982. This inspired us in The Schwanewede Recorder Consort
to also take it into our repertoire in due course.
Of all the rags listed in these pages, "Red Rose Rag" is probably the easiest and is well-suited to beginners. A common fault is to play it too fast, youthful enthusiasm is sometimes hard restrain - or they just want to finish it quickly! The performance notes stress that it should be played airily, not too legato with the syncopated notes lightly stressed.
This arrangement is found in Consort With a Swing