Slovak composer Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský (1881-1958) was one of the first half of the 20th century's leading proponents of Slovak music. His output focussed mainly on the Slovak heritage of folk songs, and on liturgical music. Trnavský did not compose much chamber music; his only truly important work in this field is the Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, of 1904. This composition reflects elements of the composer´s youthfully explosive personality: namely, wit, melodic invention, and a tendency towards lyrical idiom and meditativeness. The sonata has been recognized as one of the mainstays of Slovak classical chamber music.
Peter Machajdík (b. 1961) is a composer of chamber, orchestral, vocal and electro-acoustic music. His works, commonly described as emotive, imaginary and hypnotic, have been presented to audiences on five continents for over twenty five years and have been featured at festivals such as Inventionen in Berlin, New Work in Calgary, Early Music Festival in Boston, LakeComo Festival, Ostrava Days, Nuovi Spazi Musicali in Rome, Young Euro Classic in Berlin, Hörgänge at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Bolzano Festival, Audio Art Festival in Cracow, Crusell Music Festival, Contrasts in Lviv, Melos-Ethos Festival, Odessa Dialogues, and the Bratislava Music Festival. He often takes simple materials and a simple mode of expression, and creates a vibrant and challenging sonic palette. www.machajdik.com
The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) is one of the giants of Czech national culture. His music has been played constantly both in his native country and worldwide for well over a century. The period between 1878 and 1880 is often characterized as the "Slavic" stage in Dvořák´s work and his output from that time reflects a distinct attachment to the legacy of Slavic folk music. These few years also marked the composer´s most prolific period, within which he produced a truly breathtaking number of compositions. Also dating from the end of this particular period is the relatively seldom performed Sonata in F major for Violin and Piano, Op. 57, which happens to be Dvořák´s sole work designated as "sonata." It was written in 1880, almost concurrently with the famous Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, the former's lyrical mood standing in contrast to the latter. The structure of the sonata´s content, leading to its cheerful final movement, mirrors the pattern of the concerto. The sonata's compositional form, motivic treatment, and sonic symbiosis of the two instruments reveal the hand of a true master.