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Any suggestions of an instrumental piece that introduces one instrument at a time?

Starship Trooper by Yes... the final movement:Würm 10cc Feel the Benefit... final movement.
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What is the best way to notate/convey this ornament?

The ornament you're looking for is called a nachschlag. (See, for example, Trills in Clementi Op. 36 No. 1 2nd movement.) Presuming treble clef, the notation you want will look like an eighth-note B, ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor?

Piano music sounds best when much of the music hangs around middle C; that is, the instrument usually sounds good when at least the accompaniment parts are in the middle range. Too much to the bass ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor?

C and Am are NOT always the easiest keys - and I'm considering piano here. Just because they both (presumably) use the 'white keys' doesn't make the pieces easier to play. There are many, many pieces ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor?

There are many reasons why composers would prefer to write for piano on keys other than C or a. For instance: Absolute pitch of notes and phrases. The same theme played in C major and in G major ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

There are certainly 'safe' starting notes and 'only ask for this if it's an important feature' ones. The definitions will vary. Asking an elementary player to come in on anything written above the ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

I'd say the most useful thing you can do here is to know your ensemble (or the ensemble you are writing for). Even terms like "beginner" or "intermediate" have wildly different ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

It depends totally on the trumpet player's skill level, and experience. A seasoned player will hit just about any note playable, cold. So where does that leave us? For beginners, an octave and a half ...
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