Now I want to buy my own copies of the piano duo music. Anyway, I want to buy a good stacked performance score, even though that might not be as necessary on the Hungarian and Slavonic Dances we are considering playing.
(Perhaps if I had a stacked score, I would be less inclined to be a melody floating unrhythmically in space in Schubert, not that it matters if I'm only ever going to sing
the piece and not play it in a piano duo. On the Hungarian Dance we are practicing now, I can get a good enough idea of the structure of the piece to align the two parts just looking over the score, and in practice seem to almost align.)
I want to buy sheet music, and it seems like stacked-score-format would be cool, at least to use at a desk. So for Schubert and Slavonic Dances, there seems to be Bärenreiter, and for Hungarian Dances, there is Wiener Urtext. (Vienna!)
Otherwise, there is Henle, left-to-right-parts format. I like the typesetting, despite the format.
I suspect all these brands should be good physical quality, certainly Henle. But then 6 years ago, BruceD in this thread http://forum....vorite-collections-in-your-library.html
helpfully warns that Bärenreiter books might not always openable/durable binding, but instead staples?
I was somewhat surprised and not a little disappointed that some recently ordered Bärenreiter "Authoritative Performing Editions" of Debussy are stapled rather than sewn. These are editions with 60 to 70 pages. I would expect that of an edition of just 8 or 12 pages, but not volumes as large as these.
If you want, you can find out what sort of binding they use on any given product at their website, before you order it.
So I see; it was not something I thought of checking when I ordered. It seems that many of their publications are now stapled.
(I don't even know how to check the binding of the Bärenreiter online, except to tell whether it's paperback. I have no intention of upgrading to clothbound etc.! Perhaps I should call them?) So how can I check whether the non-Henle editions will not merely have good paper, but will have basically good binding? Or how nervous should I be about it?