It’s the 333rd birthday of the English baroque composer George Frideric Handel. Although he was born in what is now Germany and spent several years in Italy, he made the eminently sensible decision as a young man to move to England, where he spent the remainder of his life. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a composer, producing forty-two operas, twenty-nine oratorios, sixteen organ concerti, and many other compositions. When he died at the age of seventy-four, more than three thousand mourners attended his funeral, and his remains were interred in Westminster Abbey.
Handel composed this Bell Sinfonia in 1738 as part of his opera Saul.