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1974 Paxman 40X Descant - Sharon Moe Collection


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Brand: Paxman

Model: 40X

Year: 1974

Key: Bb / F alto

Bore: X Bore .472"

Finish: Lacquer over Nickel

Case: Yes, custom briefcase/ luggage case.

A beautiful 1974 vintage Paxman 40X descant horn in Bb/ F alto with cut bell. Perfect for all high horn work in large orchestras, Broadway pits, and chamber work. The famous Merewether valve system, in which air flows through both the F and Bb sides of the horn in the same direction, produces liquid-smooth slurs and minimizes any acoustic disturbance by the valve change, making this horn a joy to play. Just out of the repair shop with a professional cleaning and precision rotor alignment. From the collection of Sharon Moe, used with case.

Sharon Moe is a renowned French horn virtuoso. She has performed in major halls and festivals throughout the United States, France, Spain and Argentina. Ms. Moe won the prestigious WAMSO Competition at 17, and made her solo debut with the Minnesota Orchestra. She was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be Solo Horn for the World Premier and recording of his composition Mass at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Maestro Bernstein also introduced her to the King of Norway. She was critically acclaimed for her solo performance in the World Premier of Olivier Messiaen's From the Canyons to the Stars in Lincoln Centers Alice Tully Hall.

Sharon Moe has been featured in many TV Specials for PBS, CBS, ABC, and Cable. She records for CD's, films and TV ranging from classical to jazz. She has recorded and worked with numerous stars, maestro's and artists such as: Leonard Bernstein, Steven Schwartz, Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, James Levine, Beverly Sills, Danny Kaye, Tony Bennett, Wonder Pets #1 TV Show for children, Secret Windows (film with Johnny Depp) TV show Tonys for Broadway, and John Corigliano, just to name a few.

Sharon Moe was given the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Olaf College and the Most Valuable Performer Award from NARAS (National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences). She has degrees from St. Olaf College and Manhattan School of Music. 

Recently, Ms. Moe was selected by the International Women's Brass Conference to receive their Pioneer Award in recognition of her outstanding career.