Samarkand Overture (≪サマルカンド≫序曲) is composed by Taku Matsushiba who conducts Ensemble FOVE. Otabek Altin performs his short program to this song in the Grand Prix Final.
The piece is an instrumental piece which pays tribute to the city of Samarkand close to Otabek's home country of Kazakhstan. Its main theme is played by strings, sometimes alternating with piano; however, the piano mainly serves as accompaniment in the form of arpeggio ascensions. It is in D minor. The piece is resemblant of those written during the Romantic period of music, with very dramatic changes in dynamics and high contrast between staccato and legato notes. It has a mostly fast tempo with a fewer slower areas, and a passionate mood.