style question: cross-staff beaming; tuples or not in 12/8
Some questions of style:
The following systems show the same four bars with stylistic differences.
(They are out of context, so please pay no attention to any lack of musical flow.)
In measure 1: does the cross-staff beaming help or hurt? These types of measures crop up fairly regularly in the piece.
In measures 2-4: does using the long triplets help or hurt?
System 1 is 'by the book' for 12/8 and shows every beat.
System 2 highlights the slow triplet nature of beats 3 and 4.
System 3 eliminates the tuples entirely, but somehow looks more wrong to me.
I went through Gould and found no mention of this case. The naked half/quarter and quarter/half look wrong to me even though I do not violate the mid-measure beat.
A similar issue: in one case (not pictured) I use a 4-tuple of quarters over the same timespan, even though four dotted eighths would be just as correct. Oddly I have no dilemma about using the 4-tuple there. I am sure I have needed six quarters over 12 and have done so in the past.