In adapting my piano score to the orchestra, I am trying to get a handle on which instruments have difficulty jumping octaves.
From what I have read so far, it seems that octave leaps in the flute and piccolo are okay, but not in the other woodwinds (except saxes, which I am not using in the piece.) However, I have seen this contradicted in descriptions of the clarinet being able to easily jump from register to register (a la Gershwin). What are the rules here?
I have read that octave leaps are difficult or impossible to play in the strings. I was just wondering if this held equally true for the cello and bass. It seems that octave leaps are quite a natural thing to do in an ostinato bass line.
I read that octave leaps in the brass are difficult as well. This puzzles me because, if they are playing the fundamental, it seems to me that the same note an octave above is the same overtone series (which I thought was supposed to make it easier to play).