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Croatia’s president was a classical composer.

Before turning his hand to politics, Ivo Josipovic had <a href=”http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/alexross/2010/01/the-composing-president.html” target=”_blank”>written dozens of classical works</a> and ran Croatia’s flagship music festival.
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Josipovic was elected president in 2010 and vowed at the time not to give up his musical career, announcing that he would spend his spare time composing an opera on John Lennon’s death.
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Unfortunately, Josipovic admitted later, the role of president had been too time-consuming to allow him to work on the opera, although he did <a href=”http://www.composeralliance.org/news,en,exclusive_interview_with_ivo_josipovic__president_of_croatia,67.html” target=”_blank”>manage to bring a piano into the presidential office</a>.
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<em>Ivo Josipovic plays keyboards at a pre-election rally in Zagreb, Dec. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Pixsell)</em>

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