I’ve found it comfortable to play the Debussy First Arabesque because it is easy to imagine an idea for each section of the piece. While I play, I see water flowing or birds taking off into the air; other times I see a green field. Almost the whole time I am imagining some sort of tableau.
Sometimes a teacher will give me a lot of suggestions on a piece, and often I take their suggestions and then make them my own. In this case, my teacher suggested that in the opening, the right hand is a kind of melody and to play it with more emphasis than the left. Of course I tried to make the right hand have a bigger sound than the left, but I ended up compromising to create less difference between the two.
When I studied Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, it was more about technique. Of course for the Debussy First Arabesque I need technique, but it’s more about interpretation and feeling the music. With this piece, I am able to express myself more.