Hello, I write contemporary classical music (a bit experimental) mostly with Sibelius and often struggle with time signatures, i.e. I'll put the notes down and it plays back rhythmically the way I'd like, but it doesn't often fit into a standard 4/4 time signature/meter for instance.
I tend to think that the music has its own internal rhythm, but tempos and rhythms often change, so wonder if I should just leave it in 4/4 time, or put in time signature changes every few bars. A goal is to create a score that is relatively easy to read and could be played by real musicians.
Any "new music" classical music composers out there care to comment?
I've looked at scores by Wuorinen and Boulez as a reference point. Sometimes it baffles me how musicians count/read it when there aren't obvious downbeats sometimes, or when the score has time signature changes every few bars. Not sure what defines a readable score in this genre hehe.