Tico-Tico no fubá for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano

By: Zequinha de Abreu Arranged by Keith Terrett
For: Duet
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Zequinha de Abreu Arranged by Keith Terrett
Year of composition
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Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
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Arranged for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano, "Tico-Tico no fubá" ("sparrow in the cornmeal", or, literally, "rufous-collared sparrow in the cornmeal") is a Brazilian choro song written by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. A great duet for your next performance, sure to be a big hit with your audience!

Its original title was "Tico-Tico no farelo" ("sparrow in the bran"), but since Brazilian guitarist Américo Jacomino "Canhoto" (1889–1928) had a work with the same title, Abreu's work was given its present name in 1931, and sometime afterward Aloysio de Oliveira wrote the original Portuguese lyrics.

Eros Volusia and her dancers dance to "Tico-Tico" in 1942 Rio Rita. Ethel Smith performed "Tico-Tico" onscreen in Bathing Beauty (1944). Carmen Miranda performed "Tico-Tico" onscreen in Copacabana (1947); It was also featured in the "Aquarela do Brasil" segment of the Walt Disney film Saludos Amigos (1942) and in Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987).

In Quebec the song has been used for several decades in commercials for Sico paint.

In season three of Mama's Family episode "An Ill Wind," an intoxicated Iola briefly sings the song's chorus before passing out onto a bed.

This song can be heard on various episodes of the Belgian Kabouter Wesley cartoon.

In season one of Narcos: Mexico, episode 3 ("El Padrino”), the orchestral version of the song is played by a band during a reception. A biographical movie about Zequinha de Abreu with the same title, Tico-Tico no Fubá was produced in 1952 by the Brazilian film studio Companhia Cinematográfica Vera Cruz, starring Anselmo Duarte as Abreu.

The title phrase also features in the lyrics to the song "O Pato" made famous by João Gilberto.

Choro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃoɾu], "cry" or "lament"), also popularly called chorinho ("little cry" or "little lament"), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music. The serenaders who play choros are known as chorões.

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M’Appari Tutt’ Amor for Oboe & Piano, Tambourin for Oboe & Piano, Eternal Father Strong, to Save (Naval hymn) for Oboe Consort, Amazing Grace for Oboe & Piano, Ave Maria for Oboe & Piano, Ave Maria for Bassoon & Piano, Czardas for Bassoon & Piano, Tico-Tico no fubá for Clarinet Quartet, Fanfare & Soliloquy for Oboe & Piano, Rondo Alla Turca for Bassoon & Piano, Allegro from the Water Music for a quartet of Oboes & Horns with Concert Band, Tambourin for Bassoon & Piano, Czardas for Flute & Concert Band, Moonlight Serenade for Oboe & Piano, Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Oboe Quartet, Jazz Scale Patterns for all Treble Clef Instruments, Salut d'Amour (Loves Greeting) Opus 12 for Bassoon & Piano, Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Woodwind Quartet, A Serenade for Bassoon & Keyboard, A Serenade for Wind Quintet, Air on the G string for Bassoon Duo, Albanian National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic World National Anthem Series), Welsh Regional Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (Commonwealth Games Anthem Series) , Argentinian National Anthem ''Himno Nacional Argentino'' for Symphony Orchestra (KT Olympic Anthem Series), Belgiun National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (KT Olympic Anthem Series), Vedrò con mio diletto Aria: from the opera "Il Giustino" for Oboe & Keyboard, Vedrò con mio Diletto: Aria from the Opera "Giustino" for Solo Oboe & String Quartet, Homage for Concert / Wind Band, Tin Roof Blues (Rusty Nail Blues) for Wind Quintet ''Jazz for 5 Wind Series'', Journey to the End of Time for Symphony Orchestra (Hollywood Film Cue Series), Czardas for Oboe & Concert/Wind Band, Fugue on B-a-c-h for Oboe Consort, Haunted Woods (The) for Concert/Wind Band, Theme & Variations for Pianoforte, Cwm Rhondda for 2 Oboes & English Horn, Frankie & Johnny for Wind Quintet, Frankie & Johnny for Oboe & Piano, Dutch National Anthem ''Wilhelmus van Nassouwe'' for Symphony Orchestra, Elegy Sentimentale for Concert/Wind Band, Sāre Jahāṉ se Acchā - سارے جہاں سے اچھا (Indian Patriotic song) for Flute, Bassoon & Piano (Pro version), Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Bassoon & Organ + Pedals, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen for Wind Quintet, Trumpet Tune from the Island Princess for Wind Quintet, Two Jeremiah Clarke Trumpet Tunes for Oboe Consort, Morning has Broken (Bunessan) for Young Concert Band, For all the Saints (Sine Nomine) for Wind Quintet, Cwm Rhondda Oboe Quartet, Cwm Rhondda for Wind Quintet, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Bassoon & Piano, Jasmine Flower (The) for Oboe & Piano, Pachelbel’s Kanon Rocks! Mixed Ensemble, Australian National Anthem (Advance Australia Fair) for Wind Quartet, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Wind Quintet, Bollywood Tango for Oboe, Bassoon & Keyboard, Hava Nagila (Let us Rejoice) for Flexible Band, Mattinata for Bassoon & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for Bassoon & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for Oboe & Piano, Jubilation & Reflections for Concert/Wind Band, Londonderry Air for Concert/Wind Band, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for Oboe Consort, Fugue on B-a-c-h for Wind Quintet, Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Flexible Band with Drum set, Declamation for Oboe & Piano, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Oboe & Piano, Were You There? Oboe & Piano, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Oboe & Keyboard, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Bassoon & Keyboard, Von Fremden Landern und Menschen for Oboe Consort, Solveigs sang for Oboe & Keyboard, Träumerei for Wind Quintet (Flt, Ob, Hn, Clt & Bsn), Hula Bird Song for Concert/Wind Band, Sa To To Ka Lei for Concert Band and Sounds of the Pacific (Tagi Voli) for Concert Band

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