Au Quai (2002) by Elliott Carter
for viola and bassoon

The title of this piece was suggested by Arnold Schoenberg's short story To the Wharfs, in which he describes the mounting anxiety of the members of a French fishing village as the boats and the sea-bound fisherman failed to appear after a storm and several days' absence. When they were suddenly sighted all shouted "To the wharfs, aux quais, O.K!"

— E. C.    

[from program for October 20, 2008 concert]