November 22 should be a holiday for every true music lover. Then it is St. Cecilia's Day, the day of the patron saint of music and musicians. This day was highly regarded in the Anglo-Saxon countries. That is why Handel also wrote his cantate Ode for St. Cecilia's Day in his English years. The cantata has all the joy that goes with a holiday. The premiere was on 22 November 1739 at the Theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
Dutch arranger Andreas van Zoelen transcribed the overture of the Cantata for Symphonic Band.