Leviathan Hornpipe (1)
X:1 T:Leviathan Hornpipe  M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:Howe - 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb B>A | B2B,2d2 (3dcB | G2g2g2 f>e | (3def B2 (3cde A2 | (3BAB (3dcB (3AGF (3EDC | B,2B2d2 (3dcB | G2g2g2f>e | (3def B2 (3cde A2 | B2b2B2 :| |: c>B | A>f T(3f=ef a>f T(3fef | b>f Tf=ef e>d c>B | A>f (3f=ef g>fe>d | e2c2c3F | D>B (3BAB G>B (3BAB | F>B (3BAB G2 F>E | (3DFA (3dfb (3agf (3edc | B2b2B2 :|]
LEVIATHAN HORNPIPE . American, Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Al Smitley suggests the tune may possibly have been named for the clipper ship Leviathon, a name that is referenced in American Clipper Ships 1833–1858 by Howe and Matthews, although there is no evidence for a connection. In the mid-19th century it was an occasional fashion, particularly with blackface minstrel troupes, for creating titles and names (including themselves) in superlatives such as 'mammoth', 'mastadon' (c.f. The Original Mastodon Minstrels), 'leviathan' etc.