Stasys Vainiūnas is famous for his work both as a pianist and composer. He is numbered among Lithuanian composers belonging to Balys Dvarionas' and Antanas Račiūnas' generation, which composed their major works in the period of sweeping historical change and dramatic events. Piano assumes a central place in Vainiūnas' oeuvre. Apart from piano works, his major output consists of instrumental works - from short pieces to large-scale compositions. Stylewise, Stasys Vainiūnas' was in constant change and development - from the first work to the last. His early works bear a clear trace of late romanticism, impressionism, with characteristic tendency towards virtuoso display. Later on his manner of writing gradually becomes much more national in its character. The composer seemed to be constantly intent on searching for new expressive means and artistic concepts. His later works are almost completely void of folk music quotations, within the framework of freely treated classical forms. His melodies, harmonies and orchestration tended to become more complex and colourful towards the end of his life. No less important are Stasys Vainiūnas' activities as a concert pianist, recitalist and teacher. His lifetime dedication to teaching and tutoring young pianists yielded several generations of Lithuanian performers.