Johannes Zentner was born in Naters as the youngest of six children of a paramedic involved in the construction of the Simplon Tunnel and a mother suffering from severe depression. Four brothers died at a young age. He received his upbringing and early musical support from his father. He founded a spa in Blumenstein and sent his son to school in Wattenwil . This was followed by the teachers' seminar in Muristalden. He took violin lessons from the Czech musician Adolf Pick in Bern. Further teachers were later Hans Lavater and Hermann Scherchen , the hundredweight in Königsbergsought out in order to obtain an orally granted conductor shot. He found his first job as a music teacher in the Spiez home for the blind . In 1924 he married Maria Häusermann, the daughter of a music director and herself a music teacher. In 1926 he received the position of music director in Weinfelden , where he worked for eleven years, and then in Küsnacht . He was also the conductor of the Zurich-Aussersihl and Frohsinn Winterthur men's choirs before coming to Schaffhausen .
He was the founder of the Thurgau Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Ensemble and, in 1952, the singing school (Kantorei) of the Schaffhausen Music School. He was also director of the cantonal choir association.
Zentner composed especially church music. He recorded the work In Media Vita on the CD Schaffhauser Orgelmusik published by Swiss Pan .
- The Canticle of Mary , ISMN: M-007-01924-2
- Gloria in excelsis deodorant , ISMN: M-007-00905-2
- Who lives under the umbrella of the highest cantata for alto, violin and organ (published by Hässler-Verlag Stuttgart-Hohenheim)
- Who under the umbrella of the Most High , ISMN: M-007-01975-4
- Who sits under the umbrella of the Most High , ISMN: M-007-03431-3
- Four songs for alto, oboe and piano based on poems by Hans Reinhart - 1954 (private print)
- The Chinese flute for solo flute and choir (Édition HENN, Genéve)
In addition, Zentner also composed choral pieces such as:
- Our Munot
- Glarnerland - From Tödi to Ziegelbrugg
- Glarnerland - There is no home
- Albert Bruckner : New Swiss Biography . Basel 1938. p. 594 (not viewed)
- Hans Peter Rohr: Schaffhauser Biographien VI . Ed .: Arpad St. Andreànzsky et al. tape 81 . Historical Association of the Canton of Schaffhausen, 2007, ISSN 0259-3599 , p. 349-355 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Swiss composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 27, 1903|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Naters|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 6, 1989|
|Place of death||Schaffhausen|