For no particular reason, I’ve been thinking about music that feints at a conclusion and then carries on.
The most famous example is probably the final movement of Haydn’s so-called “Joke” Quartet, in which, at the premiere, the audience was tricked into applauding and then chuckled nervously as the music resumed. Here is the Endellion String Quartet:
Here is Dudley Moore’s hilarious parody of a Beethoven cadence, which just keeps going and going and going…
And, to take an example from pop music, here is King’s X singing “We Were Born To Be Loved”; the last couple of minutes are a herky-jerky series of stops and starts. It’s a pretty great song too.
I can’t think of any others at the moment.