Tico Tico


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Tico Tico

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The song that begins ‘O tico tico’, or ‘Sparrow in the cornmeal’, was written in 1917 by Zequinha Abreu, in the style of a ‘choro’, a Brazilian song characterised by fast enunciation. The text rebukes the fluttering sparrow that is choosing to eat the farmer’s corn in his granary rather than the wild fruits in the countryside. The song has been popularised in a number of films, notably Walt Disney’s ‘Saludos Amigos’ (1942), ‘Bathing Beauty’ (1944), ‘Copacabana’ (1947), and Woody Allen’s ‘Radio Days’ (1987). It is equally well-known as a virtuosic instrumental piece, and was performed at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Arranged by Frances Jones.

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