Verità / Truth (2009) is a song cycle for soprano and piano. Verità was written in two parts. The first part was Ħames Għanjiet / Five Songs written in 2007 to which were added another five songs bringing the cycle to its present form. The song cycle follows the progress of a failed relationship, and gradually moves from initial optimism to a bitter resignation, ending on an ironic note with ‘Verità’ where the lover mockingly tells his loved one not to utter a word about what has happened, ‘lest someone write it down and it becomes true.’
- Il-Ħadd Filgħaxija / Sunday Evening
- Kultant / Sometimes
- Forsi Ħlomt / Maybe I Dreamt
- Ċpar / Fog
- Xemgħa / Candle
- L-Għorfa / The Hut
- Xita w Riħ / Wind and Rain
- U ngħallmek tbus… / I’ll teach you how to kiss…
- Verità / Truth
‘Ħames Għanjiet’ was premiered by Marouska Attard, accompanied by Alex Vella Gregory, on 7th March 2009 at St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta.
The second part under the title of ‘Verità’ was premiered by Alexandra Scicluna, accompanied by Alex Vella Gregory, on 2nd December 2010 at Sala Isouard, Teatru Manoel, Valletta, Malta.
The complete cycle was first performed by Rosabelle Bianchi, accompanied by Alex Vella Gregory, on 8th February 2014 at Casino Maltese, Valletta, Malta.
Selections of the song cycle were recorded in 2016 in a version for harp and voice by soprano Gillian Zammit, mezzo soprano Clare Ghigo, and harpist Britt Arend, on the album Aprile, a project supported by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.