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Can saxophones be in orchestras, not just like the symphonic jazz orchestras/big band?

Yes, there is a body of classical, non-jazz music for saxophone, including works for orchestra. Although not a standard part of most orchestras, saxophones are added when needed.1 A 2014 article in ...
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Which wind instruments are often doubled in symphonic orchestra just for the sake of loudness?

In the classic era orchestra it was common practice to have each woodwind played by two players (in German we call this "doppeltes Holz"). So you’d get 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets and 2 ...
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Bass Ad Lib Instruction on conductor score of Britten Simple Symphony

'Simple Symphony' is a work 'For string orchestra or string quartet'. The bass part is optional. This is the meaning of 'ad libitum' here, not 'do your own thing'!
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Which wind instruments are often doubled in symphonic orchestra just for the sake of loudness?

What you describe is rare, but not nonexistent. For example, Berlioz famously doubles the bassoon part to Symphonie Fantastique (Bsn. 1 and 3 read the same part, and Bsn. 2 and 4 read the same part). ...
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Can I use A2 (420x594 mm)size paper format for a score if absolutely needed?

Do you intend to print a conducting score for actual performance? Then practical concerns come in. There are plenty of "study scores" with much smaller print. See Standard staff size for a ...
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Are there any conventions or usual patterns on how brass is commonly used in classical music, precisely, in a symphonic orchestra?

Have a listen to this performance of Paganini Variations. You will conclude : Brass instruments can play fast and quiet (and simultaneously). They all sound slightly different - you should be able to ...
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Are there any conventions or usual patterns on how brass is commonly used in classical music, precisely, in a symphonic orchestra?

The answer to this question depends on what is meant by "classical." Both the technology and the idiomatic use of brass instruments in the orchestra has changed over the decades and so the ...
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Which wind instruments are often doubled in symphonic orchestra just for the sake of loudness?

For woodwinds and brass, this only happens when the composer wants the timbre of a massed unison. It happens most in french horns, but even this is uncommon. It does happen in the string section - a ...
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Can saxophones be in orchestras, not just like the symphonic jazz orchestras/big band?

Saxophones sometimes appear in the orchestra. Not all that often, the list in @Aaron's reply above is pretty exhaustive! And when a saxophone does appear, it's normally as a featured soloist rather ...
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Bass Ad Lib Instruction on conductor score of Britten Simple Symphony

Ad lib does usually mean 'play what you want when you want (as long as it fits!)', but here, the more apposite word would be 'optional'. Note that the bass notes pretty well mimic those of the cello, ...
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Are there any conventions or usual patterns on how brass is commonly used in classical music, precisely, in a symphonic orchestra?

You are correct in your observations on how brass instruments are typically and traditionally used in the 'classical' orchestra. (Though composers have always known that trombones, though capable of ...
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When did the oboe wind up being the standard to tune other instruments in an ensemble / orchestra?

For baroque music you tend to have a preference for smaller ensembles (which is not to say that no large scale works exist), and you often to have a keyboard instrument (harpsichord or organ). It ...
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Can I use A2 (420x594 mm)size paper format for a score if absolutely needed?

First of all, yes, you can print your score on that paper. Should you? Probably not. One significant problem is that most standard music stands are not tall enough to support the score. The top ...
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Can I use A2 (420x594 mm)size paper format for a score if absolutely needed?

No-one has a domestic printer that prints on A2 paper. Just imagine the score! You wouldn't be able to turn a page without it ripping. I suggest you export your A2 document score to PDF keeping the 7 ...
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How many symphonic instruments in the same group to specify

Violins are traditionally divided into two sections, so there will normally be two lines. In addition, the violas, cellos, and basses are one section each, though sometimes the basses and cellos are ...
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Which wind instruments are often doubled in symphonic orchestra just for the sake of loudness?

I never observed this to happen. Flute 1 and flute 2 have different voices (update: this does not exclude, that they sometimes play the same notes, but more often they have an appropriate interval in ...
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Prepared myself for symphonic writing, still very nervous

I'm sorry to say but I'm pretty sure you are not as ready to write a symphony as you might think you are. First off, regarding all this: Should I have a brass corale[sic]? How am I going to deal with ...
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Prepared myself for symphonic writing, still very nervous

A few other thoughts to add in here: You wrote: Should I have a brass chorale? How am I going to deal with the timbres of the instruments I use and avoid clashes unless I want to add drama(as if the ...
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