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The South Carolina State Waltz

The Richardson Waltz

music by descendents of General Richard Richardson (1704-1780)
arranged by Mary S. Richardson Briggs in 1985

Adoption of the State Waltz

General Richard Richardson (1704-1780) came, as a surveyor, from Virginia to settle in South Carolina in the colonial period. The Richardson family was known for its love of music and dancing and held numerous balls. These social occasions attracted friends and family from all over.

One member of the Richardson family, who played by ear, came up with a melody that became a widespread favorite. This waltz became known as "The Richardson Waltz" and was handed down from generation to generation by ear until 1985, when an arrangement was created by Mary S. Richardson Briggs.

According to the bill that introduced "The Richardson Waltz" to the South Carolina Legislature,

"this waltz is a beautiful and soulful melody, is a memento of the musical tradition of the Richardson family, has for many generations played an unofficial but important role in the musical history of South Carolina."

The waltz, known as "The Richardson Waltz", arranged by Mary S. Richardson Briggs, was ratified by the South Carolina Legislature as the official state waltz of South Carolina on June 22, 2000. The Governor signed the legislation on July 21, 2000.

South Carolina General Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the South Carolina General Statutes, Title 1, Article 9, Section 1-1-667. The words are not included within the statute.


Source: South Carolina Legislature, (http://www.scstatehouse.net), December 12, 2004




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