A week or so ago, I was having a discussion with a distinguished reader of All is Yar about evaluating conductors, and I was reminded of a rather amusing conductor rating survey that was circulated a few years back among members of an organization of which I was a part. The form itself was not used by us, but rather by some unknown orchestra, apparently located in European. Judging by the font and design, I’m guessing it is a few decades old or someone took great pains to make it look that way.
It’s not exactly a textbook design for a survey: for example, it really makes no sense to give the best categories an eight-point range of 20-13 while only allocating a single point to each of the bottom three categories.
That said, the descriptions employed by its author are pretty freakin’ funny nonetheless. I can think of all the conductors under which I’ve performed and which descriptions I’d apply to them. A couple of my favorites:
- In “Personality:” The distinction between “ordinary (pleasant)” and “ordinary (unpleasant)”
- In “Rehearsal Ability:” The case of a conductor “accomplishing something but boring”