Wilhelm Zentner

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Wilhelm Zentner (born January 21, 1893 in Pforzheim ; † March 7, 1982 in Munich ) was a German writer, lecturer and theater and music critic.


The son of the director of the Badische Münzanstalt attended the humanistic grammar school in Karlsruhe from 1903 to 1911 . He then studied German in Heidelberg and music and theater studies in Munich . During the First World War he interrupted his studies to serve as a volunteer in the German armed forces. He completed his studies in 1920 with a doctorate in the dramaturgy of Eduard von Bauernfeld . He served as an officer in World War II and was taken prisoner by the Americans.


With the publication of the letters of Johann Peter Hebels to Gustave Fecht , his intensive preoccupation with the Hebels estate began. In 1923 he published a three-volume lever edition. In 1928, the two dramas "The Shield of Archilochus" and "The Hour Calls" were premiered in the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. From 1938 he was program editor of the Munich Philharmonic . After the Second World War he became press officer of the Munich Philharmonic. For many years he taught as a lecturer in opera history and theater studies at the University of Music in Munich . He was appointed lecturer for the music division at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts .


In 1955 he received the Johann Peter Lever Prize and in 1958 the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1961 he was awarded the title of Professor. In 1963 he received the Golden Ring of Honor from the Munich Philharmonic.

Publications (selection)

  • Johann Peter Hebel's letters to Gustave Fecht. 1791-1826. Karlsruhe: CF Müller 1921.
  • The shield of Archilochus. Karlsruhe: Bühnenvolksbund 1923.
  • Johann Peter Hebel, works. Three volumes. Karlsruhe: CF Müller undated [1923/24].
  • Before the Swabian Age ... poems. Karlsruhe: CF Müller 1929.
  • Johann Peter Lever. Celebration on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the poet's death. Karlsruhe: CF Müller 1951.
  • Johann Peter Hebel, letters. Karlsruhe: CF Müller 1957 [revised and enlarged edition of the letters].
  • Johann Peter Hebel, Biblical Stories. Karlsruhe: CF Müller 1959.
  • Johann Peter Hebel, Alemannic poems. With high German translation by Richard Gang. Stuttgart: Reclam 1960. Revised new edition 1969.
  • Johann Peter Lever. A biography. Karlsruhe: CF Müller 1965 [revised by JP Hebel, Karlsruhe 1948].
  • Reclams Opernführer, Reclams Universal-Bibliothek Volume No. 6892, 14th edition 1950 to 33rd edition 1993.


  • Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar, 12th edition, 1976.
  • Riemann Music Lexicon, Supplementary Volume Personal Part, B. Schott's Sons Mainz, 1975.

Web links

Wilhelm Zentner's estate at BSB Munich