Tune of the Day: Tico-Tico no Fubá
This well-known Brazilian piece was composed by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917. It is a choro, or chorinho (literally meaning “little lament”), a popular instrumental style born in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro. Tico-tico is the name of a bird (to be precise, the rufous-collared sparrow), while fubá is a type of maize flour. Hence, “Tico-Tico no Fubá” means “Tico-Tico on the Cornmeal”.
The piece was recorded and made popular internationally by Carmen Miranda, who performed it in the 1947 film Copacabana. Another well-known recording was made by Miss Ethel Smith on the Hammond organ, and appeared in the 1944 film Bathing Beauty.