Przemek Winnicki plays Debussy Arabesque No. 1

by See-ming Lee
A video preview

Przemek Winnicki (IG @piano.winn), a concert pianist from Poland, recently recorded a video of Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 in E Major for me. It’s a preview — he said that he will record it again when he has time to play again. But I appreciate this preview very much — so I thought that I would post it!

Arabesque No. 1 is a piece that’s particularly meaningful to me. It’s a piece that I’ve played in recitals when I was very young, so it’s also a piece that I could play with my eyes closed.

In many ways, Debussy is one of my favorite composers, for the music that he writes gives me the flow I need to be lost within it. When I play his music, I could almost feel the music as waves flowing through my body, through my fingers, into my soul, as one — with music, with nature — all of his music allows me to go into a very meditative place.

There aren’t many piano music that touches me in the same manner — but for those which do, if I hear how they’re played, I would know almost everything I need to know about the pianist. The music is as such a medium for communication — Debussy wrote the music, the pianist played it, and I could feel the soul from both. It’s hard to explain this very magical feeling unless you also play musical instruments.

Thank you so very much for this special video. It means a lot — in more ways than you could imagine.