Invicta (2013) is inspired by the city of Senglea, which was given the title of Citta Invicta by La Vallette following the Great Siege of 1565. The city gradually grew into an important urban centre, with a carefully laid out plan comparable to Valletta. In the 19th century it gradually became an important mercantile centre, only to be dealt a severe blow in the Second World War. The city was one of the worst hit areas of Malta, and after the war gradually suffered a decline.
Nowadays, Senglea is neglected at the best of times, and slandered at the worst of times. This piece is a tribute not only to the city’s glorious past, but also to its potential. It also challenges our misconceptions of Senglea (and indeed the whole of the Cottonera area) as being the backyard of the nation. Its residents, although few, are proud of their city. This piece is a tribute to them.
Invicta won the 2012 MPO Young Composers Contest. It was premiered by the MPO, under the baton of Michael Laus, on the 8th of November 2013 at Teatru Manoel, Valletta.