I can't remember where I read this, but I am wondering if it is true: It is said that rapid repetitions of the same note are not suited to the saxophone. Is it that they are difficult to play? Or difficult to play in tune? Or is there some other factor involved?
I am re-working my orchestrations for a finale, which requires rapid, stabbing repetitions of a chord (8th notes at a fast tempo), brass with an oboe on top in its upper register. The notes are all the same until the last chord, which is different.
If I could have scored this for three or four trumpets, I would have done so, but I am limited to 2 trumpets and I have an extra reed player free (who plays soprano sax on another number). If the sax can handle it, I'd like to have the sax on the bottom, the trumpets in the middle, and the oboe on top. This sounds okay in JABB, but that quip about saxes has me worried that it might not be playable in real life.
(Oh, one other thing -in case this makes a difference - I am doubling these whole chords with one of the organs from GPO, at the unison, to make it fuller and smooth out the differences in timbre.)