I am a beginner at Russian, interest triggered by the availability of masses of old Russian scores at IMSLP. (So the first words I learnt were для, хора, фортепиано, оркестра and others in the genitive!)
Anyway, I have learnt three words already for "piano":
- фортепиано : as in Сюита для двух фортепиано -- what it says in scores
- пианино : "upright piano"
- рояль : "grand piano"
Today I found this dialog, which says that people at a music school learn пианино...
So the question is: in ordinary conversation, how do I refer to the instrument I play? (Which is an upright at home, but a grand when I have the chance...)
Thanks for any help