Stratmann, H.G. "Symphony in a Minor Key"
Divergence: 1827 CE
What if: Beethoven lived an extra ten years, writing a 10th Symphony so powerful that it provided the anthem for an earlier German unification.
Summary: An experiment in affecting musical history on an alternate timeline has unwanted repercussions, but what's to prevent continued experimentation.
Published: In Analog, October 1996.