JAVS Fall 2023

a substantial part of his life was my life, and mine his, so much so that we arranged for our families to travel together to New Zealand for the 2001 congress. Donna and Margaret were a natural fit and the Pounds and Daltons eventually experienced twenty-two trips together and enjoyed five decades of friendship. David and I became concurrently active in the American and International Viola Societies, where we each held high levels of responsibility, had many mutual friends and colleagues, and attended many viola congresses together. We were even somewhat the duo in award ceremonies. It was my pleasure to present David with the very first Maurice W. Riley Viola Award at Evanston in 1993, and we were awarded Honorary IVS Membership simultaneously at Rochester in 2012. However, things sometimes went awry. A year later David was the second person elected by the Presidium of the International Viola Society to receive the IVS Gold Alto Clef at the 2013 IVC in Krakow, Poland. I was asked to write the citation, which I did, but emergency hip surgery prevented his attendance. I was the missing person on at least three important occasions involving the two of us, having suffered a bad case of flu when the PIVA was formally dedicated and likewise having been ill and unable to present my own program, the Contributions of David Dalton to the Viola , at Oberlin in 2016. The saddest of all, however, was having to forego my role as eulogist for his memorial services this past January because my wife, Margaret, was fatally ill at the time. The byline in the last JAVS issue, In Memoriam David Dalton and Margaret Pounds , was one that none of us in our wildest imaginations ever expected—and certainly never wanted—to see, but they died within five weeks of one another. Donna Dalton and I still deal with the irony of the fact that the eldest and youngest in our five-decade friendship passed in such close proximity and the survivors simultaneously grieve for two people. The Daltons and Pounds were very close friends in life … and even closer in death. What better—or more demanding—test of a friendship? Rest in peace, David Dalton and Margaret Pounds.” -Dwight Pounds, PhD “On Tuesday afternoons, I made my way to the basement of the Daltons’ Provo home, set my case on an antique LDS meetinghouse pew, and warmed up until the summons were issued from upstairs. I’d enter the viola studio, with its coral-colored walls, carefully-curated

bookshelves, and treasure-trinkets collected from a lifetime of globe-trotting. It was a fitting shrine to a true giant of the viola world, and to a mentor who radically changed the course of my life. Dr. Dalton’s standards were exacting, but never myopic or mean-spirited. You didn’t fear a thunderous wrath— you feared disappointing a man who knew so much and cared so much. In addition to one’s musical preparations, scholarly due diligence was also expected as a matter of course. At one point or another, you would be quizzed, and it behooved you to know the full definitions for every musical term on the page, the historical context for the work at hand, and a few salient facts about its composer. In a music world which too often favors rote repetition and fill-in-the-blanks over discovery and the road-less traveled, my years of lessons with Dr. Dalton taught me to ask questions and seek out the “rabbit hole,” and provided me with an incomparable model of a performer scholar. I will forever be grateful for his gifts, and will forever be a Dalton student.” -Madison Marshall, student 2012-2017— Dr. Dalton’s last student “I first met David Dalton after he kindly invited me to play a Primrose Memorial Concert at BYU many years ago. It was the first of many visits to Provo, where I would quite often stay with David and Donna at their beautiful home and enjoy their relaxed and generous hospitality. That first visit also included a visit with Hiroko Primrose (who was still living in Provo at that time) and my introduction to the Primrose International Viola Archives. The viola world is forever in David’s debt for conceiving of and implementing the idea of PIVA. The vast holdings make PIVA the go-to place for all viola research. And of course, David was William Primrose’s number one fan, which meant that any obscure questions about Primrose would have a ready answer from David. For many years, David would travel around the world giving an informative and touching lecture about Primrose. Juilliard was able to host one of those lectures, and I was delighted to see David and Donna on my home turf for a change. Recently, David was enormously helpful with a Primrose lecture I was involved in for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and I was thankful that he was willing to be interviewed for that video. I will miss David’s warmth, delightful humor, generosity, and friendship.” -Paul Neubauer


Journal of the American Viola Society / Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall 2023

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