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I've once again been wandering about the net. Somebody somewhere mentioned Emma Rush and her classical guitar playing (which is excellent) and her version of "Six Waltzes for Guitar" by Goni. You can see her playing No. 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4VX5uXjiE8 She has a CD out "Wake The Sigh" which covers all Six Waltzes (and other "lost" female guitar composers) and can be had here: https://emmarush.bandcamp.com/releases
We've had a little schmaltz...why not more? ;-) You'll find all the scores, both notation and tab, in the Music Library.
I found a copy of the Six Waltzes on the net and thought immediately that they would be an easy conversion to Banjo duet. Of course, the guitar ranges well below the Banjo, so giving the lower voice to the Cello was a natural. Of course, these will work just as well with a std. 2nd banjo...and one can read the CB part directly, which is nice. Additional goodness: these are quite short pieces, running around 36 measures each. One or two have raised bass for the CB.
Here's a bio I found for the composer:
"Born in Madrid(?) as María Dolores Esturias (y) Navarres (or likewise), she gave her 1st concert as a guitarist in Paris 1837 as "Madame Nevarez de Goni". (The guitarist Juan de Goñi was her 1st husband.) Several concerts in Europe. In 1840 she came together with her 1st husband to the United States and toured there at least until 1844. Most of these concerts together with the well known cellist George Knoop, whom she married in 1845. From 1847 to 1866 she published compositions for the guitar as "Mrs. Knoop" in the USA."
Additionally, Mrs Knoop is listed as receiving the very first X-braced guitar (1843) from a guitar maker named Martin. She was quite the thing back then and I would not be surprised to find her works arranged and published for the banjo in the Classic period.
The mp3 files below (thank you, Ian) are straight off of Musescore. There's no way I could emulate the romantic ebb and flow of Emma's playing, so they sound stilted and robotic (duh...it's a computer).