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