Gustav Ernesaks memorial

Gustav Ernesaks (1908-1993) was an Estonian composer and choir leader who wrote himself into the history pages with his songs. 'Mu isamaa on minu arm' became the unofficial anthem of Estonians during the Soviet era, and Ernesaks was one of the driving forces behind the national song festival - as well as its general manager.

This monument at Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds was unveiled during the opening concert of the 24th National Song Festival on 3 July 2004. It was designed by Ekke Väli and Vello Lillemets.

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*The first national song festival was held in Tartu in 1869

Gustav Ernesaks (1908-1993) was an Estonian composer and choir leader who wrote himself into the history pages with his songs. 'Mu isamaa on minu arm' became the unofficial anthem of Estonians during the Soviet era, and Ernesaks was one of the dri

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    We were a bit disappointed when we visited as the whole area was fenced off as they were preparing for an event .I feel if we had been able to view at closer quarters we would have come away with a...

  • Site of national song festivals

    I have to admit that I'd never heard of Gustav Emesaks, but the sculpture is monumental. This must be a wonderful and inspiring stadium when a performance is taking place. Song was the way the...

  • Gustaf Ernesaks - (father of estonian song, composer and conductor) statue

    Historically significant but probably more enjoyable when in use for a concert than just to walk past.


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