This piece came about as a Christmas gift for Valentin, the composers’ youngest son. Valentin—more commonly Valentine in English—is also the patron saint of lovers. He is said to have been a poor priest who healed a blind girl, and gave flowers from his garden to those who sought help and comfort. Saint Valentine’s day has been celebrated in February each year since the 14th century as a day devoted to love. This work is written in the style of a chorale and has a light touch of romance!