Ludwig van Beethoven in The Two Georges
Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his Third Symphony, the Fallen Innocents, to those who fell during Lt. Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte's massacre of the Parisian crowds which attempted to storm the Bastille.
Beethoven was labelled a radical for this. The Fallen Innocents became a favourite of the Sons of Liberty in the North American Union in the 20th Century. For instance, Joseph Kilbride used the opening bars of the symphony as the door chimes to his house in Doshoweh.
The Waldstein Sonata was another well-known Beethoven piece.
In OTL, Beethoven admired Bonaparte as Consul of France, and at first intended his Third Symphony (written in 1804) to be known as the Bonaparte Symphony. When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, a disillusioned Beethoven changed the title to the Heroic Symphony.
- Musical References in Turtledove's Work#Ludwig van Beethoven for more minor references to Beethoven in Turtledove's work.