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What's the right word for describing a short quote from an opera libretto?

"I quoted this fragment from "The Magic Flute" opera just now because..."?

or

"I quoted this passage from "The Magic Flute" opera just now because..."?

or

"I quoted this portion from "The Magic Flute" opera just now because..."?

or

"I quoted this stretch from "The Magic Flute" opera just now because..."?

or what?

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  • You are quoting an excerpt from the opera's libretto. Sep 4, 2018 at 16:48
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo - Do you mean that saying just "from opera." would be incorrect?
    – brilliant
    Sep 4, 2018 at 17:38
  • I'm saying that it would be CLEARER if you said "from the opera's libretto". Sep 4, 2018 at 18:06

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A small section of music from a larger work is generally called an "excerpt".

Example:

That was an excerpt from Mozart's "The Magic Flute".

If you were quoting only the lyrics from a song or an opera then I would say stick to the word "quote".

I quoted from Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" just now because...

The reason I suggest this is because we say "an excerpt from", not "an excerpt of", so it would not flow very well if you "quoted from an excerpt from", if you see what I mean.

If you really wanted to specify a particular part of the opera then I believe most classical works are broken down into named or numbered movements.

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    Can I say "I quoted this excerpt from Mozart's opera..."? BTW, I am talking about quoting only the lyrics of the opera.
    – brilliant
    Sep 4, 2018 at 10:59
  • @brilliant Sounds fine to me.
    – Astralbee
    Sep 4, 2018 at 11:00

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