The overture Martenizza was originally called Festival Overture and Swerts composed it on the occasion of a jubilee of the Leuven University Symphony Orchestra in 1993. In that period he took part in a conductor competition in Katowice in Poland and made some new friends, including Ivo Stoykov from Bulgaria. At that time, they corresponded with each another, but that contact has since been lost. He was the one who sent Swerts a letter in the spring, within it red and white ribbons: apparently it was a custom to offer this to your close friends at the beginning of spring. Then you had to wait until you saw the first stork fly by and tie that rope to a branch and make a wish. That habit is called Martenizza over there. That's how Swerts came to that name. In the meantime there are versions of this popular work for wind orchestra, published by de Haske and also a piano four-handed version and a version for fanfare as well, all three available from the same publisher. He recently made a fifth version for piano solo with strings, which is available here.
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