cross staff or not?

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Hector Pascal
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cross staff or not?

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Hi again,
I have composed this bar of music and notated it four different ways. I would appreciate your thoughts about which version of the notation would be best for the pianist to read. I am currently liking version A and D...
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Schonbergian
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Re: cross staff or not?

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B without question, though most of your rests are redundant when compressed onto just one stave.

MalteM
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Re: cross staff or not?

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IMHO D is horrible, as a pianist I wouldn’t think of two separate rhythms in two separate hands here. I’m not sure whether to prefer A or C, maybe kneed beams are more legible?
How about one of these? I included the variant “B without redundant rests” mentioned by Schonbergian.
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John Ruggero
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WhIle I would usually prefer that such a passage stay on one staff as at B, in this case I think there is a great danger that the rhythm will be difficult to read unless the chords are beamed continuously. This requires that they be on different staves. So I would vote for A/C above with the the beams completely continuous:
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Hector Pascal
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Re: cross staff or not?

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Many thanks, all, for your considered opinions and finely wrought examples. Much appreciated :)
I will take time to examine all these possibilities.
Cheerio,
Hector.

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OCTO
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Re: cross staff or not?

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Hector Pascal wrote:
15 Nov 2021, 04:05
Hi again,
I have composed this bar of music and notated it four different ways. I would appreciate your thoughts about which version of the notation would be best for the pianist to read. I am currently liking version A and D...

sample.jpeg

Hope you are all well :)
Cheerio,
Hector Pascal.
BTW, for the B version Finale doesn't make the correct beaming. You can follow this instruction video to make them correctly:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33b4fznuIVM
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Hector Pascal
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Re: cross staff or not?

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Thanks, OCTO! The video is very helpful!
Hector.

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