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Rosa Rio (1902–2010)

A prodigy, Rosa Rio began playing the piano at age four, taking lessons at eight, & at nine was invited to play the piano at a silent movie theatre. Her music education included stints at Oberlin College, & a course of study in film accompaniment at the Eastman School of Music. Her career as a theatre organist proceeded through posts at theaters in... See full bio »

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Cruel, Cruel Love
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz Composer
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
The Blasphemer
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 1925 The Wizard of Oz (1986)
 1914 The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1986)
 1914 Cruel, Cruel Love (Short) (1989)
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 1948 Cartoon TeleTales (TV Series) (musician: organ)
 1927 The Jazz Singer (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1914 Cruel, Cruel Love (Short) (musician: organ - 1989 video version)
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 2017 Lost Sounds of the Silents (Documentary) (in memory of) (filming)
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 2017 Lost Sounds of the Silents (Documentary) (filming)

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Rosa Rio Rhythms, network radio show

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