Correct notation vs 'Readability'
I have a piece for solo piano where for most of the piece the right hand plays a melody using the little finger and the one or two next to it, while a rhythmic accompaniment is added using the thumb and second finger. The left hand is playing a standard Albert bass. It was written mainly as a bit of an exercise but turned out to be rather fun to play! Although it is in common (4/4) time the notes are mostly semiquavers and the melody is not always on the downbeat but occurs on the offbeat instead.
The attachment shows two bars of notation as an example. The first bar is as I had written it, which to me clearly shows the melody as best as I could manage. Since I was unsure whether this was notationally correct I contacted an old friend who is much more knowledgable than I am, who pointed me at a website (https://musictheory.pugetsound.edu/mt21c/CommonRhythmicNotationErrors.h…) where I found an explanation showed that I 'ought' to have written it as in the second bar of the example since it provides a better reference for a conductor as to where the downbeats occur. When I showed my example this to another friend who is a good sight reader, she said she preferred my original version.
So, what do you think about this? I can of course update all of the bars to be correct notation but if I do this it will (at least to me) look more 'cluttered' and because of this more difficult to read. It's a piano piece and will never have a conductor within a thousand miles of it, and actually it's really easy to tape your foot to on the downbeat anyway. I'm in a quandry - and I want to upload it but not if it's 'wrong'. Help!
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