MAUREL, Victor (1848-1923). French baritone (Verdi's first Falstaff).
Manuscript agreement in French (with a translation), signed by Maurel and two associates, 1½ pages 4to (ten words later underlined), Royat, 15 October 1895.
The agreement is divided into four sections. In the first, Maurel and Emile Merwart inform Charles Batiste of the project for the realisation of which they formed an association, concluded by contract on 15 August 1893 - 'the establishment of a unit of measurement for the evaluation of intensities of sound and the creation of an instrument permitting of the registration and measurement of these intensities'. In the three other clauses, Batiste agrees to assist in all the research and experiments necessary to the realisation of this double aim and to maintain the most absolute secrecy; if his assistance should aid in the realisation, he will be paid 20 per cent of the net profits accruing from the invention; subject to this modification, the 1893 contract remains in force.
We have not been able to discover the outcome of this enterprise (which in fact dates from the year in which Maurel created Falstaff).
The image is of the second page only.