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Franz Liszt's influence on the nineteenth century was overwhelming and through his numerous students, his strong musical presence influenced piano performance and composition into the twentieth century. His works inspired many of the composers of his time and Liszt was able, during his years as a touring virtuoso, to promote their compositions as well as those of his own. Later, in his position as head of the Weimar orchestra and opera-house, he was an important influence on current tastes, tirelessly promoting the works of his contemporaries. In his later years, Liszt did his best to promote the works of the newer Russian school of composers, including Borodin and Mussorgsky.