absolute music was set once for all on the right path by them.
For that they praised him, as if it were a sine qua non of absolute music that it should be in the sonata form.
Hellas, in a sense, is absolute poetry, as the "Eroica" is absolute music.
The rejection of a future for absolute music is, of course, purely arbitrary.
The tendency of composers of absolute music at present is to make less and less use of the strict classic forms.
In other words—not Wagner's—dance approaches speech from one side just as absolute music does from the other.
Therefore, discarding critical crutches, it is best to hear the composition primarily as absolute music.