Gladde Things
For SATB Choir and Piano  (1:50)
(Optional Brass Quintet, Timpani, Percussion)

Gladde Music Publications
 Choral Score  (GMP9803) - $1.75
Conductor's Score/Instrumental Parts  (GMP9803X) - $45.00

Unbridled joy only begins to describe the musical impact of this dynamic choral work.  The music is characterized by driving rhythms and a sense of perpetual motion. The anonymous text (from "Olde England") was discovered by the composer while reading an anthology of children's literature.  The brevity of the text is reflected in the compact, single-minded form of the music.  Challenging for pianist and singers alike, but worth the effort!

Winner of the 2004 Choral Composition Competition
sponsored by the California American Choral Directors Association
In appreciation to Don and Maxine Hubler

Premiere in England!

The Choir of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire (an 11th century Medieval church in England) will perform two of Brad Nelson's pieces in their December 21 Christmas Concert this season. They will sing "Gladde Things" and "Good King Wenceslas".

See the Conductor's Score including Brass Quintet, Timpani, and Percussion

(Conductor's Score and Instrumental Parts available separately from Gladde Music Publications - GMP9803X)


The Fresno State Concert Choir
California State University
Fresno, California
Dr. Anna Hamre, Director


The Honor Choir
Granite Hills High School
El Cajon, California
Merryl Nelson, Director

Practice Recordings

  • Each midi-recording below provides the designated voice part played firmly on the piano while the remaining parts play quietly in the background.  THE TEMPO HAS BEEN SLOWED DOWN FOR EASE OF LEARNING.

  • When playback begins - click once on the musical score. You can then scroll down to follow your part in the score.








Notable Broadcast!
December 18, 2014 - Broadcast throughout the world from Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom.  Click here for more information.

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Notable Performance!
December 21, 2013

Cambridgeshire, England
Paul Trepte, Director

Notable Performance!
December 13, 2013

Austin, Texas
Ryan Heller, Director

Special Note!
Included in the COMMUNITY CHOIR Reading Session at the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Convention - Memphis, Tennessee

Another Special Note!
Recommended Literature in the TWO-YEAR COLLEGE Reading Session at the 2001 ACDA National Convention - San Antonio, Texas

Notable Performance!
April 10, 2000 the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.,
for the Heritage National Choral Festival of Gold