Abreu, Zequinha De


Brasilian composer Zequinha de Abreu (born José Gomes de Abreu) was born in Santa Rita do Passa Quatro on September 19, 1880 and died in São Paulo on January 22, 1935. During his lifetime, Zequinha de Abreu was a popular musician who enjoyed regional fame for his music. He was said to be quiet, happy, kind, and humble about his own success. He was involved in music for his whole life, performing, giving piano lessons to children, writing and selling his compositions, improvising for hours on the piano, and accompanying the performances of two of his own children, Durval and Dermeval. Tico Tico is a bird that inhabits throughout Brazil, except in the forests of Amazonian. It is however more frequent in the fields and highland areas of Southeast. In the cities, where it occupies gardened areas, it sweeps the soil in search of crumbs and a lot of times it is seen in company of the sparrow. Its short and conical beak characterizes it. Zequinha de Abreu composed the choro [cry], TICO-TICO NO FUBA [Tico-tico in the maize flour], in 1917. Divulged later by Carmem Miranda in the United States, it became one of the Brazilian popular music more recorded all over the world. That title was chosen because the rhythm of the melody suggests the jumps of that bird when pecking the maize flour grains.

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