La Tomatina

From Wind Repertory Project
Gregory Fritze

Gregory Fritze

This work is the second movement of the composer's Sinfonía de Valencia.

General Info

Year: 1996 / 2004
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Nova USA
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Flugelhorn I-II (optional)
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wind Chimes (metal)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La Tomatina was composed in 1996 in Buñol, Spain, while I was researching Spanish band music. Buñol is a small town of about 9,000 inhabitants about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Spain's third largest city, Valencia. For 364 days of the year, it is a typical small town, but on the last Wednesday of August it becomes an international attraction. On that day the "La Tomatina" festival is held. Several trucks drop as many as 145,000 kilograms of tomatoes onto the main street, and for an hour at 12:00 noon there are up to 100,000 people taking part in throwing tomatoes at each other. At 1:00 everybody goes to the specia lpublic showers to wash up. A fire truck comes down the street washing down the buildings and the main street and by about 2:00 all is returned to normal and all references to the tomato fight are gone. The tradition has been going on since 1945. I was in the streets taking part in throwing tomatoes for three years. After that when I was in Spain during the festival I watched it on TV.

Buñol also has a rich tradition of having two very good concert bands, the "Litros" and the "Feos". Most of the 9,000 inhabitants formally belong to one of the two social clubs. There are several band competitions held in Spain, and both of these bands take part. The band competition is fierce as bragging rights are won by the winning society. It is thought that this fierce competition is what helps develop excellent musicians in that many young people become professional musicians and play in many orchestras and bands throughout the country.

La Tomatina was premiered by the U. S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" on the U. S. Capitol steps in June 1996, the composer conducting. La Tomatina is the second movement of Sinfonía de Valencia, a three-movement composition that was premiered in Buñol by the band of Centro Instructivo Musical "El Litro" Buñol, conducted by Francisco Tamarit in August 1997.

La Tomatina was a winning composition in 1996, awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It also won the IBLA Grand Prize in Sicily, Italy in 1998 and was a Semi Finalist as part of the American Prize Composition Competition Band Division in 1996.

This arrangement of La Tomatina was prepared especially for conductor Natalia Montañés in 2004. In this arrangement there are four percussionists instead of the original five. La Tomatina has been very popular among bands around the world, performed over one hundred times.

- Program Note from score

Composed for the C.I.M. La Armonica "El Litro" Band, Buñol (Valencia), Spain.

- Program Note from score


  • IBLA Grand Prize, 1998, winner
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council, 1997, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Fritze, G. (1996). Sinfonía de Valencia: Para Banda Sinfónica: 1996 [score]. G. Fritze: [United States].
  • Gregory Fritze website Accessed 27 October 2022