Mr. Frankenstein has been writing the program guide for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for twenty-six years. He presents his analytical and historical notes here intending to provide a general guide to the orchestral literature commonly performed in the United States today. The listing is alphabetical, from Bach to Webern; it includes such chronological variables as Vivaldi and Berg. It does not attempt to cover all symphonic music, as the stated aim indicates; Beethoven's nine and Brahms' four are here, but Bruckner, for example, is represented by symphonies No. 4, 7, 9. There is very little available in this area; Frankenstein (while not possessing Bernstein's elan) seems a solid sort to take on as a concert guide.