Nothing feels more July Fourthy than the US Marine Band, and nobody has recorded a more epic performance of Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral.

Unfortunately, only a Spotify link is available for this one.

Art is made by those who consider themselves to have failed at whatever isn’t art. And of course it is loved as consolation, or a call to arms, by those who feel the same. One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed?

But the nature of failure ensures that writers will go on writing no matter how many readers they have.You have to master the embarrassments and ignominies of life.

In his beautiful meditation on failure, writer Howard Jacobson adds to history’s finest definitions of art.