The late years


The “golden age” of the Studio lasted throughout the fifties. However, by the beginning of the sixties the situation started to change rapidly. New technologies required rapid and continuous turnover and the new Rai management did not recognize the importance of an asset which needed constant updates and yielded little, if any, profit. Disappointed and overwhelmed by internal bureaucracy, Berio resigned as Director of the Studio in 1959 and left in 1961.
The Studio remained active, although the musical works produced in the following years owed their distinction entirely to the imagination and creative energy of individual composers (above all Bruno Maderna and Luigi Nono), who were able to craft masterpieces even with technological equipment which had become obsolete by the mid-sixties.

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