What time signatures are best for choir music?
4/4 or 2/4 or 2/2? The choice of 4 or 2 beats to the bar is governed by issues I raise in my other question. If 2/2 is better than 2/4, is 3/2 better than 3/4? And what about compound time? 6/4 or 6/8?
I'm not even sure what is the most important guiding principle here. Is it what note-value the beat should be? or what note-value the shortest values should be?
If you want a more specific question: Singers, which would you rather have, beats as minims divided into quavers, or beats as crotchets divided into semis? (Beats as halves divided into eighths, or beats as quarters divided into 16ths?)
I'm thinking of choral carols (not hymns!) for church in Britain. I know that the C of E tradition is to use minim/half beats, and 4 rather than 2 beats to the bar (cf Hymns Ancient and Modern), but the practice of more than a century ago is not as relevant here as modern practice.