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Printed Edition
Composer:Abreu, Zequinha de (1880-1935)
Publisher Ref:GB9447
A Brazilian 'choro' dance number of 1917 which did well in the US pop charts of 1945 and was adapted for the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics.

Price: £6.95
Arranger:Heau, Florent
Skill Level:D/E
Publisher:Gerard Billaudot
Year of Issue:2014
ISBN:none specified
Abreu was born in the little highland town of Santa Rita do Passa Quatro, to the northwest of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he began to learn music at the age of seven. His musical education continued at the Episcopal Seminary where he studied for the priesthood, but he left to return home, formed a band and started to compose. His first three numbers - a maxixe, a xote and a valse were published in 1896 and, while continuing as band leader, Abreu pursued a career as a composer of choros, marchinas, tangos and valsas so that, by 1915, he had a list of one hundred compositions to his name.

In 1917 Abreu's band played a new up tempo number of his at a ball which had the dancers hopping about like little birds. He commented on this to the band and the tune was named "Tico-tico no fubá" - "Sparrow in the Cornmeal". It was first recorded in 1931 by the Orquestra Colbaz and Ethel Smith performed Tico-tico as a song in the MGM film "Bathing Beauties" in 1944. Her recording reached no.14 in the US pop charts in January 1945 and sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. Since then, Tico-tico has been performed or recorded by artists as diverse as Carmen Miranda, The Andrews Sisters, The Berlin Philharmonic,, Charlie Parker, Liberace and the Grateful Dead.

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