Maybe a naïve question, but...how exactly did banjo orchestras work, musically speaking? I ask because I haven't found any recordings or sheet music collections. Were people extrapolating from published compositions for solo/duet banjo? Or was each band coming up with its own arrangements of popular tunes from outside of what we now recognize as the classic banjo repertoire? Given a part for 1st banjo, how would one go about deriving parts for banjeaurine/piccolo banjo? I would guess that piccolo banjo mostly doubled the lead melody, but what role did banjeurine play in an ensemble context?

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