Tico Tico - Elster

INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS. This fun crowd-pleaser is for lever or pedal harp. Rhythmic with syncopation.

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This fun crowd-pleaser is for lever or pedal harp. Rhythmic with syncopation. Fun to both play and listen to. Key of A minor, adaptable for 29-string harp, requires G# lever.  Michael Clive wrote the following about Tico Tico:

The song “Tico-Tico,” an enduring international hit, was composed in 1917 by Zequinha de Abreu, a Portuguese émigré to Brazil. But its global popularity, launched in Hollywood, came later. Dating from a 1937 movie, Ethel Smith’s performance of an arrangement for theater organ sold more than two million copies worldwide. A decade later, in Copacabana, the “Brazilian Bombshell” Carmen Miranda sang it opposite Groucho Marx and made a sensation with Hollywood-ized lyrics about a hot date and a cuckoo clock, spurring more than forty American-style covers. But in Brazilian music, which does not exile pop forms from classical traditions, “Tico-Tico” is actually a choro — a song form that typically shrugs off misfortune with good humor, good tunes and fast tempos. The title refers to a bird that got into the cornmeal, but we can imagine the same kind of grousing over morning coffee at the office. “Tico-Tico”’s catchy, emphatically syncopated rhythm is irresistible, and still lends itself to virtuosic arrangements for every conceivable solo instrument and ensemble, from finger-tangling guitar transcriptions to full-on symphonic arrangements. As with Viennese waltzes, the critical challenge is to capture that elusive rhythm with orchestral precision.

The above paragraph was found at https://utahsymphony.org/explore/2019/08/abreu-tico-tico-no-fuba/

Reinhardt Elster (1914 – 2015) was a gifted conductor and musician, comfortable on multiple instruments. He had an outstanding freelance career in New York, when a friend suggested he audition for the Metropolitan Opera. He was offered the position and remained for 10 years, receiving much adulation from composers and performers alike

Weight 0.09 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 0.25 in
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