Braunbehrens studied history of literature, musicology, and art history in Munich, Heidelberg and Berlin; he received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin in 1974. He is Privatdozent (associate professor) since 1981. In 1976, he co-founded, and until 1981 co-edited, the journal Berliner Hefte – Zeitschrift für Kultur und Politik; for many years, he was director of an art gallery in Berlin.
Maligned master: the real story of Antonio Salieri (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1992) ISBN 0859679748. Translated from the German by Eveline L. Kanes, originally published in 1989 as Salieri. Ein Musiker im Schatten Mozarts? – Eine Biografie, Munich-Zurich 1989. ISBN 3-492-18322-0.