Below is an excerpt from a not very well known piece (in 4/4 time) that prominently
features abuses ornament notes:
In an attempt to simplify the piece (which is full of similar ornamentation) while preserving the original rhythm of the melody I tried removing all the ornament notes, and I am left with this strange arrangement of successive quaver notes and semiquaver rests:
Ironically, attempting to simplify it seems to have made it harder to read (or no improvement) because I (together with my teacher and a few of my pianist friends I asked) can't see where the beats are. Now, I do know that as a general style guide in music notation one should "reinforce meter" by using beams and ties where needed. I read this music.SE answer about beaming 1/8 and 1/16 notes together and the last example given in that answer seems similar to this situation, but.... you can't beam rests, can you?
Is there better notation for the second excerpt, that is without the ornaments?