Johannes Brahms was born on May 7, 1833, in Hamburg, Germany. He was the son of a double bass player and a seamstress. In 1854, he accepted the position as Director of Court Concerts and Choral Society for the Prince of Lippe-Detmold. Brahms did that for 4 years. He started directing a women's chorus in 1859. In 1862, he became the conductor of the Weiner Singakademie. He quit the job a year later. From 1872-1875, Brahms was Conductor of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. A year after he retired from this position, he received an honorary degree from the University of Breslau. Brahms died on April 3, 1897, in Vienna, Austria, of liver cancer at age 63. He was buried in Vienna.
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