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

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